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to the state of texas to become residents. historically when a state undergoes rapid population growth, the rate of uninsurance increases. texas, during that time, saw its rate of insurance decrease. 1. million texans are in the state, in the country, without the benefit of a social security number. i don't know if there have been new changes to the rule making to the affordable care act but my understanding of the president's speech three years ago, those individuals would not be eligible for coverage under the affordable care act. 2.7 million people are eligible for medicaid but have not enrolled. i wanted to put those statistics out there so people were aware, when i hear my state discussed, sometimes in unflattering terms, there are factors that make up this number that mitigate and in fact, one of the biggest risks to texans who are uninsured
today is the recall of disproportionate share funds to public hospitals who take care of uninsured and underinsured individuals. mr. kingston if i could, i want to ask you a question , on page four a little bit on the end of page 3, but the authority under this section shall not be used until after the department or agency has taken all necessary actions to reduce or defer nonpersonnel related administrative expenses. it seems pretty straightforward. my understanding is within the budget for the -- appropriation for the national institute of health there is something is that's called the h.h.s. path, that is 2% to 3% of the moneys appropriated for the national institutes of health actually come back to the department of health and human services and used whatever purposes the secretary of the department of health and human services sees fit. am i correct about that? >> you are.
it's actually 2 1/2%, the administration wants to increase to 3.2%. what our bill would do is put it at 1%. but the effective spending level after that is about $2.8 billion. this is a level spending proposal for n.i.h. >> but is my reading of the language in your legislation mean that that money which is now sha shakedown that occurs at n.i.h. by h.h.s. will that continue to occur or will we put a stop to that with this language? >> with this language we put a stop to it. we are trying to put a stop to it, i'll say that, if we can get it through the senate. it is something that we'll probably have a debate about because we don't know why the administration always has to have such -- it is a shakedown. it's an intergovernment transfer of money which i think goes around the appropriations process.
>> i hope you're successful in doing that. i find that disturbing that that occurs. we talk about the n.i.h. money that is not allowed because of the sequester, yet at the same time we are literally vacuuming their wallets for this h.h.s. path. thank you, mr. chairman. i yield back. >> the gentleman yields back his time. want to thank the gentleman very much. the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, made an important point to me and that is in fairness to each of our members to extend them 30 seconds, will i double that and ask that each of the persons on the panel be extended one minute to clarify and/or to summarize what they choose, or for one minute, the gentlewoman from connecticut virginia tech. does -- from connecticut is recognized. the gentleman is extended one minute. if the gentlewoman could pull the microphone to her. thank you very much. >> i think that what we have -- there are two points here to be
made. one, i think it's very, very is r that what is occurring without an effective plan to figure out how to get out of the box that the majority has put itself in in shutting down the government. and quite frankly, not being able to defund the affordable health care bill that was launched yesterday. that they have shut the government down but they didn't do that. so now they are looking for ways in which to mitigate against what has become a very popular outcry against just a reckless and irresponsible activity. so, given that, what they have taken to do is to cherry pick areas of the budget, and in this case with regard to the n.i.h. it comes from a bill that in fact never saw the light of day in subcommittee, full committee,
or on the floor of the house of representatives. it's a we care about sick people. and instead of -- and with, i might add, something of a moving forward where they were going in 2014, was to, in fact, cut the n.i.h. budget. i think it is a political ploy, and it really demeans the -- what our roles are as members of congress. we have the opportunity to open up the government, that's what we should do, and make sure everyone who is ill gets the opportunity to get the kind of service that they need in order to survive. >> i appreciate the gentlewoman's summary very much. the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. chairman. we have had some very interesting discussions hire, and i would be happy to -- here, and i would be happy to continue
this in any other forum, but the issue today is getting the government running, not to cherry pick different parts of the government because we could all talk about the impact in our own districts, the senate passed a bill to keep the government running. the president is willing to sign that bill. we should pass that bill here, send it to the president, get the government running, and all the other very interesting issues that could be discussed, should be discussed with the white house, with members on both sides of the aisle could proceed. now, specifically with the veterans bill that came to the floor yesterday, it is $6.1 billion less than the bill that came through the appropriations committee, and i would be happy to discuss it in greater detail at any time that mr. webster would like to do that. we would be happy to share all
the numbers, which i have gotten from both the democrats and republicans, because they are the same. $6.1 billion less than the bill that the appropriations committee produced and came to the floor. >> i thank the gentlewoman for her time and her exercise that she's been through today. the gentleman from georgia, the chairman of the subcommittee, is recognized for one minute. >> let me say this in regard to mr. webster's comment, the $6 billion has to do with the v.a. bill. what this bill actually does is only deal with v.a. disability. so it's either a confusion or disingenuous for the minority party to say that v.a. is being cut. there are two different things. they are trying to compare ams -- apples to oranges. when two parties disagree, if you can find something on which you do agree, and they get one thing, such as military pay, and then you can find something else in which you agree, and maybe
it's there, maybe fourth, maybe a fifth. what do you know? all of a sudden you are moving towards each other. that's what we are about with these five bills today. we are saying we already agree midnight saturday night that the height of the tension of the debate to come together for military pay. now let as look -- let's look at n.i.h., veterans disability, monuments, and open air parks. good gosh if we can start doing that, maybe we can get the momentum going, moving towards each other, and getting our differences resolved. i think that would be a good thing for the united states of america. >> i want to thank all three of you. the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. i want to thank all three of you for your time today. i know it took about three hours. our committee had ample time, i believe, to discuss this with you. you are now excused and thank you very much. the chairman will now be in receipt of a motion from the gentleman from north carolina. >> mr. chairman, morph that the committee grant closed rules for h.j.res. 70, h.j.res. 71,
h.j.res. 72, h.j.res. 73, and h.r. 3230. the rule provides 30 minutes of debate on each measure equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations. the rule waives all points of order against consideration of each measure and provides that each measure shall be considered as read. the rule waives all points of order against provisions in each measure. the rule provides one motion to recommit each measure. section 4 of the rule provides that it shall be in order at any time during the calendar day of october 6, 2013, for the speaker to entertain motions that the house suspend the rules and that the speaker's designee shall consult with the minority leader or her dessig known the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this section. >> you now heard the motion from the gentleman from north carolina. i defer to the gentleman from georgia for discussion of that activity. the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. chairman.
this is a closed rule for each of these measures, but it provides 30 minutes of debate controlled by the appropriations committee on each of these issues, as well as a separate motion to recommit as is the right of the minority. previously the legislation is the same we saw yesterday. we saw them get a majority of the votes yesterday but sadly we could not get 29/3 necessary for suspension is. so those are back. we also -- these others were included in a broader continuing resolution that the house passed two weeks ago, and those are here today to begin some of the critical funding needs that we have now. begin to fund those things as the gentleman from georgia, mr. kingston said, those things on which we agree and moving those things forward. lastly, this rule extends suspension authority through this coming sunday to provide as much flexibility as the house can use to address this
shutdown. with that i yield back, mr. chairman. >> the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chairman now recognizes anyone for the purpose of a discussion or for amendment? the the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. >> i listened very attentively here today and what i'm hearing from everybody on the rules committee as they spoke is great frustration with what's been going on. people are getting hurt. veterans couldn't go to the monument. reservists can't go and volunteer. there is a pretty simple answer to this. this is a self-inflicted wound. while i understand by the idea that you'd like to do this piecemeal which could take us sometime until the end of next year, i want to make a move today that we can do it right now. it would save face for everybody. there would be great relief in the country. and mention taking people as pawns. what this shutdown has done is take the entire united states of america as a pawn.
not just people who are tour -- tourists who can't go to the park but the 800,000 workers, working willingly for government that they are really beginning to not care for them. their pay has been frozen for over three years. they are working under the sequester rules, don't know how many of them will survive. i wish we could stop this madness. i'm going to give you an opportunity to do it. i move that the committee make in order the clean senate c.r., send it to the president to sign today. my amendment would get rid of the partisan piecemeal approach, which i don't think any of us believe is a sensical way to govern. it would replace it with a clean bill that could immediately be signed into law. mr. chairman, the federal government is closed. the rule will not solve the problem. the rule that the majority is
proposing, but this amendment will. and i want you to know that this is the only proposal you're going to get to vote on today that will immediately get us all out of this mess. the burden is on you to do it. so i make the motion that we make in order the senate c.r. so that we can go right down to the floor now, vote for it. it would be the biggest bipartisan vote, i'll bet, that we have seen in many a year. so let's get that done, please. relieve this country of this awful burden, and relieve us also of the embarrassment before all other countries in the industrial world. i yield back my time. >> i thank the gentlewoman. does the gentleman from massachusetts wish to be heard. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i want to express my support to the gentlelady's amendment. i have listened to all my colleagues here talk and i have yet to hear a single good reason why we can't pass a clean c.r.
at the very levels that my republican friends want, the sequester levels. and i have been getting calls from people down here who are upset the museums are closed. you're going to pose for pictures, the barricades around the monuments. the reason why everything is closed is because my republican friends shut the government down. that's why we are in this mess. and beyond the increens of people being denied access to monuments, you have head start facilities shutting down all over this country. none of that's addressed in this. you have nutrition programs being cut back. none of that is addressed. so if -- if we want to try to get to a bipartisan compromise here today, you ought to support the gentlelady's amendment and
open the government up today, provide us some opportunity to have a conference with the senate on a long-term spending bill, but don't punish the american people for doing it. i just close by saying, open the government up today. open the government right now. you can do it. vote with us. allow this to come to the floor. and i think the gentlelady is right. i think there is a bipartisan view in this congress, a secret vote, this thing would pass. if you can allow it to come to the floor, i think even in an open session i think this thing will pass. i think a lot of your members would express to me privately their frustration over the fact we are in this mess. i think we appreciate the government opening while you negotiate something with the senate. i urge everybody to support the gentlelady's amendment. i yield back. >> the gentleman yields back. i appreciate his discussion. i would say on behalf of the majority what we think we are doing here today is probably some straight line republican
viewpoints. we want to open up the national parks and museums. we want to provide local funding for the district of columbia. we want to honor promise to our americans veterans, we want to use research at n.i.h. and make sure we pay our guard. i do understand that because we are in the majority we are going to use probably our best ideas first, the things which we wholeheartedly support. i would just say that if we pass this bill it will arm our negotiators, our leadership with a chance as they meet the president today, say, mr. president, we are ready, willing, and able to work. that's what we are going to do today. i offer a no vote. further discussion. the gentleman from florida is recognized. not seeking recognition at this time. i thank the gentleman. the vote will now be on the slaughter amendment. those in favor of slaughter amendment signify by saying aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. roll call.
>> ms. foxx. >> no. >> ms. foxx, no. mr. bishop. mr. bishop, no. mr. cole, mr. cole, no. mr. woodall, mr. woodall, no. mr. nugent, no, mr. nugent no. mr. webster, mr. webster, no. ms. ros-lehtinen, no. ms. ros-lehtinen no. mr. burgess, mr. burgess, no. ms. slaughter, aye. ms. slaughter aye, mr. mcgovern, aye, mr. hastings, aye, hastings, eye. mr. polis, no. >> no. >> clert will record. the amendment is not agreemed to. further amendment or discussion? >> i want to say with this vote we show the shutdown is not that important to you. and i'm really dismayed by it. >> thank you very much. the gentlewoman yields back her time. the gentleman from florida, do you seek recognition? the gentleman does not seek recognition. mr. woodall will be handling --
thank you very much. those in favor we'll now have a vote in favor of the notion of the the gentlewoman from north carolina, those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the aye vs. it. the aye vs. it. roll call has been requested. >> ms. foxx. ms. foxx eye. mr. bishop, mr. bishop, eye. mr. cole, mr. cole aye. mr. woodall, aye. mr. nugen eye. mr. webster, aye, miss ros-lehtinen, ms. ros-lehtinen aye. mr. burgess, mr. burgess aye. ms. slaughter, no, ms. slaughter, no. mr. mcgovern, no, mr. mcgovern, no. mr. hastings, no. mr. polis. mr. chairman, aye. mr. chairman. aye. the clerk will report will record. the motion is agreed to. >> just before you close, mr. chairman -- >> i do appreciate the gentleman from florida is recognized. >> just ask unanimous consent to
enter into the record the statement of the administration which said that the president would veto these bills. >> i do appreciate that. the gentlewoman from new york reminded me of that. i want to thank each of you as we want to thank each of you and your staff for being here. also the appropriations staff. also to recognize university of georgia has one of its finest graduates, doug, who is celebrating his 27th birthday, harty congratulations and birthday to doug. the committee is now complete for now. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013]
>> with that the house rules committee has ended yet another meeting. one of a series over the last couple days. moving on the rules to bring legislation to the floor of the house today. the house rules committee working on funding for our national parks and museums, for washington d.c., for america's veterans, also for medical research and the national guard and reserves. as you heard from representative louise slaughter, who is the ranking democrat on the house rules committee and from representative alcee hastings, the white house has already indicated it would veto this legislation if it passes the house as expected, and the senate democratic leader, harry reid, saying it is dead on arrival in the u.s. senate. so the back and forth continues. some referring to it as the ping-pong between the house and senate. new developments from the hill newspaper, the president calling for a meeting with congressional leaders. that will take place at 5:30 eastern time. the hill reporting that the president meeting with senate democratic leader harry reid, along with senate republican
leader mitch mcconnell, nancy pelosi, the democratic leader in the house of representatives, and the speaker of the house, john boehner. it's significant because it is the first time that the president will meet with congressional leadership on the issue of the funding of the government. also on the table will be raising the debt limit. our phone lines are opened at 202-585-3885. that's our line for republicans. and 202-585-3886 for democrats. if you are independent, 202-585-38le 7. we are also taking your comments on twitter page, the #c-spanchat. this is from ashley to says, does any of these ripives parents teach them how to play well with others? joining us live on the phone is john who is following all of this for politico as congressional reporter and editor. thanks very much for being with us. john, are you with us? >> i am, can you hear me? >> walk us through what we can expect during the course of the afternoon. we just wrapped up the house rules committee.
we now know that this legislation is going to the house floor. what then happens? >> we are going to see a rally by house democrats at 2:00 on the steps of the capitol, east steps of the capitol. they are going to call on minority leader nancy pelosi and her democratic colleagues are going to call on speaker boehner to put a clean c.r., continuing funding resolution on the floor, that would reopen the government. that will be at 2:00. we'll see some senate democrats rally at -- press conference at 2:30. they'll push the same position, clean c.r. then we will see the house vote on these so-called rifle shot c.r.'s, these continuing resolutions to open slices of government. they will pass but they are not going anywhere in the senate and and eif they did the president would veto them. then at 5:30 we'll see a meeting between president obama and the big four leaders, pelosi, reid,
boehner, and mcconnell. and we'll see what happens there. my guess is that it's a closed press event so it will be some frank discussion. we are not anticipating a lot of movement at this time. >> based on what we know will not happen in the house, we know yesterday under the suspension of the rules this came up a 2/3 majority required. three of these funding measures. now there is a total of five. as you indicated, all of this is just going to be, apparently, a moot point because it's not going anywhere in the senate or at the white house. >> no. the president, the administration released a statement of administration policy today, and they said this is a small targeted bills are not the way to run the government. and if they got to the president, which we don't expect they will -- that will happen, but if they do for some reason, he would veto them. again, this is -- both sides
have basically pushed all their chips into the middle of the table. they are staring at each other. something has to change. the president can move republicans at all, or public opinion shifts strongly one way or the other. that could change things. right now at this moment it doesn't look like anything is moving today. >> we are keeping an eye on what's happening at the white house where press secretary jay carney scheduled to hold his regular daily briefing, scheduled to get under way about 25 minutes ago, at 1:00 eastern time. we'll take you there live when it happens. and of course we'll take you back to the floor of the house of representatives based on what happens with lawmakers expected to vote on these republican measures that would keep at least a portion of the federal government in operation. john, i want to go to political.com and get your reaction to this headline, because not only are we dealing with day two of the government shutdown, but also raising the
debt limit and the headline, clution course, the c.r. and the debt -- collision course, the c.r. and the debt ceiling. your colleagues point out the harsh reality setting in today that the u.s. government may not reopen until the two parties reach a deal on raising the national debt ceiling. can you explain? >> yes. this has been an issue that really has -- the debt ceiling needs the authority from the treasury department to borrow money. it's going to end on october 17. the treasury secretary, jack lew, said the united states government will no longer be able to meet its bills. they will no longer be able -- it borrows large sums of money every day. it sells bonds. very active player. one of the biggest players in the global debt market. and without the authority to do that, this would be a very, very serious -- foningsly very serious blow to the u.s. economy and the global economy. so you have the government shut
down because the funding has expired. you have in two weeks the debt ceiling. what lawmakers are thinking, and leaders on both sides, that at the white house these issues are going to bleed together, creep together because they are close in time. so if obama digs in and he and his democratic -- democrats on capitol hill dig in and say, listen, let's just do the government funding bill. we'll do the debt deal. do it all at once, we want -- we don't want any attachments. we don't want any language trying to defund or delay obamacare. in there or anything else. and the other extreme is collisions we just want a clean there is a possibility it could go on -- kind of one place at one time. >> just to give our audience a
sense of the back and forth between senate and house leaders, just a short while ago senator harry reid, the democratic leader n. a news conference said, quote, it is time for republicans to stop throwing one crazy idea after another at the world in the hopes -- at the wall in the hopes something will stick. there has been a sensible plan to reopen the government right from the front with house republicans all along, a clean c.r. this response from the office of the speaker, john boehner, the entire government is shut down right now because washington democrats refuse to even talk about the fairness for all americans under obamacare. so at the moment at least publicly it doesn't appear either side is budging. >> no. there doesn't seem to be right are firm as rats long as the republicans are talking about obamacare, there is nothing that's going to happen. there's not going to be any kind of agreement. and republicans are saying,
look, the president by his own authority already delayed the -- by one year, limitation of the employer mandate for obamacare. that's for all companies that have -- employers have free throw vide health care. why can't they do it on the individual mandate? that's the republican argument. they are thinking they are halfway here. and if they get enough pressure on obama, using the continuing funding resolution or the debt ceiling, they can get a delay in obamacare. democrats feel if they go on obamacare now, that's the end. if you block it now you're not going to get it in play. ou're going to end it. republicans are fighting the last battle of the 2012 election. mitt romney lost to barack obama. but republicans haven't given up. and a small tea party hard core faction of the house republican
conference, senate republican conference are driving issues now. bane earn mcconnell -- boehner and mcconnell are bound to these guys. >> i know that this question could change at any moment, but based on what you're hearing, many people wanting to now how long this shutdown potentially could last. what is your sense at this moment? >> my sense is that there is not a deal, a real momentum for a deal in the next day or two, then as we reported last night, that this -- the funding issue becomes wrapped up in the debt ceiling issue. we could see an extend the shut -- extended shut down. several weeks. the wild car here is public opinion. there is so much tension and pressure on members going up to the shutdown. then we passed the deadline on midnight on tuesday -- monday night. and, look, republicans felt like they had a decent day.
house republicans thought they had a good day yesterday. the white house was distracted on the obamacare, but they -- house republicans told them -- in terms of public relations, public sentiment, they didn't get hurt. now, as time goes on they are seeing some small shifting, some house republicans say we'll vote for a clean c.r. but the leadership hasn't put one on the floor yet. right now they are holding firm. the next day or two they continue to hold firm, then we could -- this could be an extended period of time. >> john, joining us live from capitol hill. he covers congress for politico. thanks very much for being with us. >> thanks for having me. >> about four house the president will be sit downing with congressional leaders at the white house. meanwhile we are about 10 minutes away before congress reconvenes at about 1:40 eastern time. if you want to watch the white house briefing with press secretary jay carny, which has
been delayed at least a half-hour, can you watch it online at c-span.org. the white house did issue this on its website, whitehouse.gov on the government shutdown, because congress did not fulfill its responsibility to pass a budget, much of the federal government is shut down. roger is joining us from arkansas on the line for republicans. good afternoon. >> yes. i have been watching this continually since before the shut down. and i have noticed one thing, that the appropriations bills are done by different appropriations committees. why can't they just be passed individually, sent on to the senate, and let obama and his cronies decide do they want to keep the government shut down or not? appropriations are sent, that's all they should have to do. vote out each one, start putting
the government back up one at a time. >> thanks for the call. we have an unscientific poll, getting your sampling who is responsible for the current fiscal stalemate here in washington, you can join the conversation online any time at facebook.com/c-span. we are also posting your comments. nearly 7,300 of you so far have posted comments and you can see what people are saying. we are also getting your comments on the twitter page with the #c-span chat. how do you compromise, negotiate, or even try when every turn there is all of this rhetoric, republicans must stand firm. tony from miami. on line for democrats. good afternoon. >> good afternoon. this shut down is nuts. the bad part of it is you take the congress who is a do-nothing congress, they have had all the time in the world to sit there and look over everything about the obamacare there has been, they have come up at the last minute to sit there and say, oh, gee, we want to get rid of it
again after 40-some times. what is their problem? they can't understand what the law is? if they want to change the law, go on, put everybody back to work, and worry about this a second time where you can get in there and negotiate strictly on that. this is nuts the way these idiots are going. if you and i turned around and did not do our job, we would be fired. how come they are still working? >> which is the sentiment of another viewer said wrong congress for our times. no performance, no pay. demand term limits. next is john joining us from alabama. republican line. good afternoon, john. >> yes. i'm calling actually a government employee. i'm glad the republicans stood their ground finally because if this is such a great health care, everybody needs, then why is not our commander in chief involved in the health care instead of opting himself out. i'm also a reservist, u.s. air
force. i'm being double hit because i don't drill and also don't go to work. i want to stand their ground because it's the only way we'll stop the house from running over everything. thank you. >> thanks for the call. "the washington post" reporting on the president's trip to asia, at least part of it at the moment has been canceled. the president in a phone conversation with the president of the philippines last night, the headline obama cancels part of the trip and calls congressional leaders to come to the white house. according to the white house the top leaders in both parties from both houses have been invited to meet at 5:30 eastern time. the president will urge the house to pass a clean continuing resolution without which the president has called idea lodge inc.al demands such as riders aimed at undermining his health care law. the president will also call on congress to act to raise the debt ceiling, to pay the bills we have racked up. that again from "the washington post" website. we are a few minutes before the gavel comes back in to the house of representatives. walter is joining us from oklahoma. your thoughts?
>> yes. i wanted to know why speaker boehner would not allow a vote by the entire house that set rules to where only he can make a motion for a vote. just let the c.r. pass and then work out everything else individually. >> ok. >> otherwise it's just an exercise in few tillity. -- futility. i come from a military family. we are retired now. but you can't -- you can't shop on the base because the federal workers are furloughed. you got to go down town to pay twice as much for food. it just doesn't make any sense to hold the government hostage. and especially federal workers. >> thanks for the call. one side note here in the washington, d.c. area the metro transit system, the subway and bus system, main source of transportation for federal employees, and according to "the
washington post" it was down 25%, ridership today. traffic much lighter in our nation's capital. 800,000 federal employees facing the furlough as a result of the government shutdown. day mon is join -- damon is joining us. democrats line. >> i look at this what i see is like obama said, they are trying to reargue the election results. and asking for pieces of the government to be opened, how can you sit there and say this person is better than that person to go back to work? i don't understand how they can even submit pieces of the legislation to send back some people to work and not everyone. >> thanks for the call. we received the two-minute warning. that means the president secretary jay carney expected to come to the podium momentarily. we'll take you there when he speaks. we expect to hear more information about the upcoming
trip to asia and whether or not the full trip -- partial trip is still on or potential faces cancellation. anything new also on this afternoon's meeting schedule at 5:30 eastern time with congressional leaders. we'll also take you to the floor of the house which is expected to come in within the next five to 10 minutes as well. and remind you, you can follow all of our coverage online any time at c-span.org. and we are collecting your chats as well, #is c-spanchat. take you to the briefing at the white house. expecting jay carney. when the house gavels in, we'll take you there live as well.
>> thank you for being here. before i take your questions, let me offer a few things. first, the president earlier today had another update on the of the and the issue need to raise the debt ceiling. again, the participants in that meeting were the secretary of the treasury, jack lew, the director of the office of management and budget, and deputy chief of staff. the president, as you know, met with members of the financial services forum, the president and vice president did, and i think you had an opportunity to
hear from some of them at the stakeout not long ago. and i hope you took note of what was said. furthermore, the president will meet with the four leaders of congress at 5:30 p.m. today in the oval office with the vice president. the secretary of the treasury, jack lew, will, in that meeting, brief the leaders on what were the impacts of the threat of default in 2011 and the economic imperative for congress to act to raise the debt ceiling without the threat of default and without delay and drama shortly. with that i'll take your questions. >> any coverage on that? >> closed meeting with the leaders. i don't have anything for you. >> the meeting today, is that
something we should be looking at as a negotiation on the government shutdown? or is this more about the president gathering leaders in the oval office to tell them what we have heard from him? >> i think i can answer your question this way. a negotiation in the washington sense, traditionally implies give and take, tradeoffs, demands, if you give me this, i'll take that. i'll give you that. the president's approach at the beginning of this -- >> we'll take you to the floor of the house of representatives as we leave the house daily briefly. a reminder you can watch it online at c-span.org and live on c-span3. back now to the floor of the house of representatives. joint resolution 70, making continuing propingers in national marker is -- park service operations. the national gallery of art and
the national holocaust memorial museum and for other purpose, providing for the consideration of joint resolution house joint resolution 71, making continuing propings of the ehlo call funds for the district of columbia for fiscal year 2013, providing for consideration of house joint resolution 72, making continuing appropriations for veterans' benefits for fiscal year 2014 and for other purposes. providing for consideration of the joint resolution, house joint resolution 73, making continuing propings for the national institutes of health for fiscal year 2014 and for other purposes. providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 3230, making continuing propings during a government shutdown to provide pay and allowances to members of the reserve components of the armed forces who perform inactive duty training and providing for consideration of otions to suspend the rules.
the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> by direction of the committee on rules i call up resolution 6 0 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: house resolution 370, resolved that upon adoption of this resolution, it shall be in order to consider in the house any joint resolution specified in section 2 of this resolution. all points of order against consideration of each such joint resolution are waived. each such joint resolution shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in each such joint resolution are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on each such joint resolution and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations, and two, one motion to
recommit. section 2, the joint resolutions referred to in the first section of this resolution are as followed, a, the joint resolution, house joint resolution 70, making continuing propings for national park service operation the smithsonian institution, the national gallery of art and the united states holocaust memorial museum for fiscal year 2014 and for other purposes. b, the joint resolution, house joint resolution 71, making continuing appropriations of local funds of the district of columbia for fiscal year 2014. c, the joint resolution, house joint resolution 72 making continuing appropriations for veterans' benefits for fiscal year 2014 and for other purposes. d, the joint resolution house joint resolution 73 making continuing appropriations for the national institutes of health for fiscal year 2014 and for other purposes. section 3. upon adoption of this
resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 3230, making continuing appropriations during a government shutdown to provide pay and allowances to members of the reserve components of the armed forces who perform inactive duty training during such period. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, 30 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations, and two, one motion to recommit. section 4, it shall be in order at any time through the calendar day of october 6, 2013, for the speaker to entertain motions that the house suspend the rules as though under clause 1 of rule 15. the speaker or his designee
shall condition sult with the minority leader or her designee on any subject matter related to this section. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one hour. >> i thank you, mr. speaker. for purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to my friend from new york, ms. slaughter, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. all time is yielded for purposes of debate only and i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. woodall: we're here today because we don't have a my way or the highway system of government. we have a system of government that requires that the people's representatives come together and build consensus, find a common path forward and that path has been elusive, mr. speaker. you know, oftentimes, as the reading clerk is reading a
bill, you'll see someone ask to waive the reading of the bill. i ask unanimous consent that the bill not be read. i'm so pleased that today we had every single word of this resolution read, mr. speaker, because the words matter. i open up the newspaper, it talks about all the division in washington, d.c., it talks about the things on which we cannot agree and what we have before us today, mr. speaker, is a bill about things on which we agree. i hear it from my constituents all the time they say, rob, why in the world can't you all get something done? i understand there are things you legitimately disagree about, ideas about which different parts of the country have different paths forward, but what about those things on which you agree? that's what we have here today, mr. speaker. there's not a member in this body that's celebrating a government shutdown. what we can celebrate, though, is a path out of the government shutdown. this rule allows for that today. i want to read those titles again, mr. speaker.
h.j.res. 70 to reopen our national parks and museums. common ground on which this body agrees. h.j.res. 71 to provide local funding for the district of columbia. a lot of folks don't realize, because the district of columbia is a federal district, the federal government provides a little money but most of the money comes from the district of columbia itself, but the district of columbia is not allowed to spend its local funds without a federal authorization. this does that. and then so important, mr. speaker, honoring our promise to america's veterans. i don't believe there's a man or woman in this chamber that doesn't believe our veterans doesn't deserve the best service we can provide. i don't think there's a man or woman in this chamber that wants to see our veterans servais -- services halted. h.j.res. 73, lifesaving cures
act, to continue funding at the n.i.h. n.i.h. makes us all so proud. we do so many first in human trials at the winship cancer center outside of my district in georgia. lifesaving research. lifesaving opportunities, caught up in this government shutdown, not one of those things on which we disagree, one of those things on which we agree. we have an opportunity to get that done today. and mr. speaker, h.r. 3230, pay our guard and reserve act. there's a lot to be frustrated about here today. i know folks back home, mr. speaker, in your district and mine, they have a lot to be frustrated about too. but one bright moment in this debate came late saturday night when we came together unanimously and said whatever our disagreements here, our men and women in uniform should not get caught up in it. pay our troops first. brought us together. not just in this house, mr. speaker. we have the ability to come together but also in the senate where by unanimous consent they
passed that bill. it went to the president's desk. but what that bill did not include and what i believe we all believe it should have included was funding for our national guard and our reserve. this rule gives us an opportunity to solve that today. mr. speaker, we tried to bring up three of these five bills yesterday under a process they call suspension of the rules. it requires 2/3 of the house to support it. but because we unanimously supported our troops last week, we assume wed would be able to unanimously support our veterans, unanimously support our folks here in the district of columbia using their local funds, unanimously support our parks and monuments and we were wrong. i'll say to my friends, i don't know if they looked at the numbers, 80% of my friends on the other side of the aisle said no they said yes, this is something on which we agree, but no, we are not going to participate in solving that problem. we want that problem to persist until you solve all the
problems. mr. speaker, i'll close with this. one of our great patriots during the american revolution, edmund burke, said no man does worse than he who does little -- sorry, he who does nothing because he can only do a little. i cab see that some of the things we're working on today might seem like a little but we have the opportunity to help people. we have an opportunity to make a difference. and shame on us if we do nothing because we can only do a little. and with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: thank you very much, mr. speaker. good day to you. i think if edmund burke were alive today he would say that what we're doing here is so very little it's shameful, when
we could do so much. we could stop this today. we've just come from a three-hour rules meeting and hearing people on the floor and a lot of my colleagues, i have the sense that they don't have any idea what a government shutdown was. all of a sudden it's starting to hurt. they say, let's fix this piece over here, that piece over there we can fix that 800,000 people who work for the united states government are being used as pawns. we are hurting all of the citizens of the united states who need the services that those 800,000 people provide. we have one thing to do, mr. speaker. one thing. we can take from the desk and concur with the senate c.r. that's it. it doesn't have to go back to the senate. it can go directly to the president of the united states, maybe even before the big meeting today. sign it and it's over with. but no. we're not going to do that.
this bill is before us today because there's particular sympathy for the people at n.i.h. or the citizens of the district of columbia. these proposals are cynical attempts to make this thing pinch just a little bitless. yesterday "the wall street journal" reported that 30 sick children, most with cancer, were turned away from n.i.h. clinical trials because of the government shutdown. should they be pawns in this political, cynical game to hurt the health care bill? this morning, the majority proposes to reopen n.i.h. or part of it. yesterday the tv cameras were dispatched around the couldn't troy capture footage of museums and monuments closed. this morning the majority proposes to open those sites. the majority is making itself clear. when they see a bad headline, they'll bring a bill to the floor to make it go away.
at this rate, it one a year from now before we ever finally come to some conclusion thereon because nobody said anything about what the end game is here. how long will you hold the government, the country hostage? surely it doesn't have anything to do with health care anymore after yesterday. now if the majority really cared, we'd reopen the entire government, all of n.i.h., national parks, right here, right now, on this floor, in this action we're taking today. if the majority held a simple vote on a clean version of the senate c.r., the government shutdown would be closed upon the president's signature. this afternoon, i will give every member of this chamber a chance to do just that. as i did just in the rules committee. i want you to know that the opportunity to vote for the c.r., end the government shutdown, failed 9-4 on a party line vote. that tells ugh something about
why we're here today and what the purpose is for all of this. let me be clear. this amendment is the only chance that this chamber may ever have to end the government shutdown. if this chamber supports my amendment, we will pass a clean c.r. this afternoon. now if the majority really cared about helping those cancer patients access health care or letting the world war ii veterans visit the monuments and reopening the doofers the nation's parks and museums, they'll vote for my amendment. the v.a. announced today they are running out of money. furthermore, passing a clean c.r. would do more to help the nation's veterans than the majority proposal to fund the department of veterans' affairs. under the majority's proposal, the v.a. would receive $6 billion less than if we simply passed the senate c.r. which in more words has $6 billion
for the veterans than what you're proposing today. so for all the cries of concern, the majority's desire to shortchange veterans by $6 billion tell you all you need to know and the veterans understand that. hey know they're being used as a pawn in a cynical, political game and they resent it. policies, more cynical. for almost a week, the majority found itself in a legislative spot or at least i thought so until a while ago in the rule committees, when they voted 9-4 not to open up the government and i realized that was aim all along. because the senate voted for cloture on a clean funding bill, a simple majority of senators have been able to put an end to the repeated attempts to dismantle the affordable health care bill. the majority knows they can't keep proposes ransom demands until they have broken cloture and return to a 60-vote threshold in the senate.
the need to break cloture is why they voted to go to conference 15 minutes before the shutdown. that's why they're continuing to avoid a clean vote on the senate c.r. today. mr. speaker two paragraphs in "the washington post" this morning sum up what this fight always has been and continues to be about. defunding the affordable care act and taking health care away from 300 million americans who have no insurance. referring to yesterday's events, ezra klein of the "washington post" wrote, quote, a top story all day was that republicans had shut down the federal government because president obama would not defund or delay the affordable care act. the other major story was that the government servers were crashing because so many people were trying to see if they could get the insurance through obamacare. on the one hand, washington was shut down because republicans don't want citizens to have obamacare. on the other hand, obamacare was shut down because so many americans did want that
insurance. yesterday was indeed a historic day for our nation and for every american who has been denid access to health care. in my home state of new york there were more than two million visits on our online exchange in less than 90 minutes. and by later in the day, the last number that i have, just for yesterday, 10 million people had visited the website at the end of the day. that is about 12% of the entire population of the state of new york yesterday. meanwhile, 4. million people visited health care dive -- healthcare.gov yesterday, the national database while almost 100,000 more visited online exchanges in illinois and colorado, most importantly in states from kentucky to california new york red states and blue states, thousands of americans went to sleep last night having purchased health insurance through the newly launched exchanges. now while those americans went to bed realizing their
long-awaited dream, the majority woke up this morning realizing that there was -- their worst nightmare had come true. despite their best effort, the american people were finally given access to safe and affordable health care. now the only question that remains is if the majority will finally acknowledge reality or if they'll keep the government closed while they continue their question -- their quest to take america's health care away. i'm ex-timely grateful to the chairman of my committee this morning when he said, when we call forward vote on funding the government today, he said, and i quote, i would say on behalf of the majority, what we think we are doing here today is probably some straight line republican viewpoints, end quote. i strongly urge my colleagues to reject the majority's latest gimmicks by voting no on the rule and the underlying legislation and vote for -- vote known p.q. so we can put our amendment on the floor.
i reserve the plans of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i yield myself 30 seconds just to say to my friend that we have an opportunity to do something today. there's been a lot of talk on this floor. we have an opportunity to actually do something. i don't think there's going to be a single member of the -- on the other side of the aisle that channels the notion that if we pass these bills, we'll make a difference for american veterans, we'll make a difference for american families and we'll make a difference for american guardsmen and reservists. i do not believe that the heart of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle is, that because we can only do a little, we should do nothing. at this time, mr. speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to a good friend and great leader in this institution, the gentleman from tennessee, dr. row. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. roe: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of the rule and the underlying resolution. the situation in which we find
ourselveses is as unfortunate as it is unnecessary. the house voted three times to fund the government, it's been rejected three times by the senate democrats, with each successive vote the house compromised on its position that obamacare should be defunded. our most recent offer would have delayed the individual mandate for one year and ened the congressional exemption from obamacare. nine house democrats supported this proposal which would give american families the same relief from obamacare that president obama unilaterally gave big businesses but again harry reid said no. as we wait for senate democrats to come to the table, the house will continue its efforts to restart government operations two air yeas seek to fund today, national parks and veterans benefits hilt incredibly close to home. the district i represent in east tennessee includes parts of the great smoky mountain national park. the smokies are a big part of the economy in the air quafment
the park superintendent told me that 1.1 million people typically visit the park in october but as long as the gates to the park are re-main closed, hotels, restaurants and other pars of the service industry in that county will suffer. . even more importantly than reopening our national parks is meeting our commitment to america's veterans. the i'm privileged to serve on the nonpartisan veterans' affairs committee, as a veteran myself i hope we can come together on a bipartisan basis to provide funding for the processing disability claims and for benefits like the g.i. bill and v.a. home loans. how anyone could stand in opposition to those who have stood in the line of fire to keep this country free. the answer, president obama who's promised to veto such a bill. this is unconscionable. these funding bills represent a series of commonsense steps to get more of the government back on line and to meet our commitments to the american people. after all, i wasn't sent here by my constituents to shut down the
government. i was sent here to reform it, make it smaller, make it more accountable. i urge my colleagues to support the underlying rule and bills. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, let me yield myself 30 seconds to say that it would be the best of common sense for us to end this charade today. i understand now, because i have heard it twice, that the intent is to really whittle down the government, grover norquist famously said he would like to shrink it, drown it in the bathtub. i think we are in the process of doing it today bay funding it a little piece here. a little piece there. and the devil take the high. i am happy to greeled two minutes to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. butterfield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for two minutes. mr. butterfield: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. let's be clear, we are now in day two of a republican created
shutdown. while my republican colleagues drag their feet on allowing an up or down vote on the senate's clean continuing resolution, vital research at the n.i.h. has been halted. student loan processing has been delayed. veterans can't apply for a v.a. home loan. the same bills that this rule will bring to the floor have already been debated an voted on. my colleagues are not being reasonable to say the least. because republicans didn't get their way yesterday, they now ing the same bills up again, only this time under regular order. they will get their 216 votes, but they know and i know that this action does nothing to advance the ball. it does nothing to get us closer to a solution. i remind my colleagues that house democrats are willing to accept a clean c.r. at the levels that house republicans have demanded. it's not what we want. but we compromised in an effort
to do the business of the people. the votes are here, mr. speaker, for a clean c.r. every democrat, i believe, will vote for a clean c.r. and many republicans will do the same. we are asking you to compromise. your refusal to compromise has shut down this government. and for what? political theater. i repeat, the votes are here. prove me wrong. in closing, mr. speaker, my prior life as many of you know i was a trial judge and presided over thousands of very difficult cases. too often jurors could not agree, but they worked hard without a political agenda. they reasoned together, and administered justice. let us reason together. let's get the c.r. passed today. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself 60 seconds to say
to my friend that there's a little revisionist history in that recitation. you'll remember, mr. speaker, the house passed its passage and the senate said, no. it's our way or the highway. so the house said, let me give you a different package, one that is a little closer to that position. the senate said no, it's my way or the high way. then the house said let me give a third position that's closer to you. and the senate said the third time it's my way or the highway. then the house said, come and sit down with me at the table so that we can find a way through our differences, and the senate said no. it's my way or the highway. the american people know who is looking for common ground and consensus in this body. with that, mr. speaker, i'd like to yield three minutes to a real supporter of finding that pathway forward, the chairwoman of the house administration committee, the gentlelady from michigan, mrs. miller. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized for three minutes. mrs. miller: thank you, mr. speaker. i certainly thank my colleague for yielding the time.
mr. speaker, on sunday, just three days ago, this house unanimously passed the pay our military act. the senate unanimously passed the same bill. and the president signed it into law. that was three days ago. that legislation guaranteed that all members, all members of our armed forces would receive their pay for their service during any government shutdown. and that law also applies to full-time guard and reserve members. yet secretary of defense chuck hagel has improperly furloughed countless guards men and women across the country in violation of the intent of that law. mr. speaker, today a bipartisan group of myself and my colleagues will be sending a letter to secretary hagel demanding that he enforce this law properly and to send our guards men and women back to work. today we will also consider legislation that will provide for funding to make certain that the guardsmen on inactive status are paid as well and allowed to continue to train during the government shutdown.
their readiness is absolutely essential to the protection of our great nation. secretary of defense, chuck hagel, is needlessly furloughing guards men and women who are definitely essential to defend our great nation. mr. speaker, yesterday president obama sent a letter to federal workers telling them that they should not be used as punching bags, but that is exactly what his administration is doing to members of our national guard. in fact, this is the same thing this administration did when the see quester was in force. they -- sequester was in force. they immediately shut down the white house tours. they scared the public into believing that their travel plans would be interrupted at our airports. they tried at every possible way to hurt and scare the public, as much as possible. and they are once again playing true to form. this time harming our national guard to make a political point. i know that our friends on the other side of the aisle said, if they are going to oppose this legislation because they say they need an entire government
funding bill or nothing at all. and yet they are calling republicans the absolutists? that's what they are calling us? seriously. i would just say to my democratic friends that we aren't asking you to repeal obamacare, we are not talking about obamacare here, in order to make certain that our national guard gets paid. we are just asking our democratic friends to pay the national guard for goodness sakes. yesterday, mr. speaker, i heard some members on the other side, our democratic friends, say that what we are talking about here is just a fig leaf, somebody used that term, just a fig leaf. or it was a distraction. mr. speaker, i do not consider paying our national guard a fig leaf or distraction. i consider our national guard to be warriors, essential in the defense of this nation. and i would urge this house to pass this legislation that will allow our men and women who serve so bravely in our national guard to do their job and to protect our freedoms. i urge a yes vote on the rule
and also the underlying bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'd like to take 30 seconds just to say the three bills that everybody's so proud of that they put out to try to refund the government had a dagger at the heart of the health care bill and would have destroyed it. i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, member of the committee on rules, mr. mcgovern. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized for three minutes. mr. mcgovern: well, mr. speaker, here we are on day two of the republican shutdown of the nation's government. the republican majority has come up with yet another bid of meaningless political theater. yesterday's strategy from the gang that couldn't shoot straight was bring up a small handful of bills to fund popular government programs and try to pass them on suspension. that failed. today's nonsense is to bring up those same bills under this rule and try to pass them with a majority vote. now, just for a moment let's
leave aside the fact that none of these bills are going anywhere. the senate isn't going to go along with this and neither is the president. so all of this is just a gigantic waste of time, which is one of the few things the republican majority is good at. we say it all the time around here, budgets are about priorities. budgets reflect things that you believe are most important to support. yesterday we learned all about the priorities of the republican leadership. the first bill they brought up for debate, the very first one, the one they wanted to get over to the senate most quickly, was a bill to fund the national parks and monuments. now, i like the national parks. in fact, i love them. i support their full funding. i even believe they should get more funding than they would receive under the lousy republican sequester numbers, but that's their number one priority? what about the research at the centers for disease control who protect us from epidemics? more than 8,700 people have already been furloughed from the
c.d.c. i hope my republican colleagues have gotten their flu shots, mr. speaker. what about the low-income mother who has been cut off from w.i.c. ? what about the children who have been turned away from the head start programs? no. no, they want to fund parks. why? let's be honest about this. because right now every television network in america has the camera crew down at the national mall interviewing disappointed tourists and taking pictures of the closed signs on the smithsonian museums. because today camera kruse in california and wyoming and montana will be taking pictures of visitors being turned away from yosemite and yellow stone and glacier national park. mr. speaker, when my kids were little we used to give them trail mix as a snack. there was granola and raisins and nuts and all kinds of healthy things. but my kids always wanted to pick up the m&m's. that's what the republican majority has been reduced to. trying to pick out the m&m's from the trail mix. eventually my kids grew up.
i hope the republican majority will do the same. we can do this right away. we can do this today. we can do this right now. we can pass the clean continuing resolution that has already passed the senate. there is a way that you can keep the government functioning while the two chambers work out their differences. the notion, the notion that you are shutting the government down , shutting the government down on a five-week continuing resolution, on a five-week continuing resolution when we still have to negotiate a long-term spending bill is unconscionable. people all across this country, democrats and republicans, are outraged by the behavior of this republican leadership. it is time to grow up. it is time to pass a clean continuing resolution. let's open up this government. let's open it up today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, it's clear we are going to hear more it's my way or the highway from the other side throughout today, but i'd like to yield three
minutes to a freshman member of this body, a gentlelady from indiana, mrs. walorski, who believes that there is a pathway forward and that we can make a difference. i yield three minutes to the gentlelady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from indiana is cognized for three minutes minutes. mrs. walorski: i rise today to urge my colleagues to support this rule which will allow the house to vote on the pay our reserve guard act and honoring our promise to america's veterans act. the pay our guard and reserve act provides funding for the pay and allowances of military personnel and the reserve component who are in inactive status. like most of us, my office has been flooded with phone calls and emails sharing real life stories about how this government shut down is negatively impacting the folks we represent. this government shutdown is such a disappointment. in the meantime, there's no logical reason for members of the military, reserves, veterans, and their families to
go one more day without the support they deserve. according to an article in the indy star, about 600 full-time civilian employees and air force reservists have been furloughed at grissom air reserve base located in miami county. this affects the ability for grissom air reserve base to maintain their operational readiness. the miami county's hometown paper this morning said, quote, reservists were told to go home,nd quote. 1,000 indiana national guard employees were furloughed on tuesday. indiana has the fourth largest national guard in the country. we are proud our brave men and women so strongly represent the guard and steadfast commitment to our country. this is so unfair to our hoosier heroes who fight every day. indiana's second district is home to more than 53,000 veterans. one of them called my office yesterday expressing concern about losing access to v.a.
health services. the honoring our promise to america's veteran act provides immediate funding to ensure the continuation of veterans disability payments, g.i. bill, education training, and v.a. home loans. passing these bills is the least we can do. i urge my colleagues to put politics aside, be fair to the individuals and the families who have sacrificed everything for the continued defense of this nation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from indiana yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. . ms. slaughter: this is a day we can open up the government and serve our people. mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for three minutes. mr. connolly: thank you, mr. speaker, and i thank my dear friend, the ranking member of the rules committee. and i had a prepared talk, mr. speaker. i'm not going to give it. i'm going to respond to the
manager, the distinguished manager, who's used phrases like revisionist history and my way or the highway. and you know, those are words that are worthy of what surrounds this issue, but they are of course exactly the opposite of what the distinguished manager suggests. it wasn't this side of the aisle that said we'll fund the government on the condition and that condition is you have to agree to what we could not achieve legislatively, what we could not achieve in the courts, what we could not achieve at the ballot box, we're going to hold you hostage. you're going to do it or else. you're right, it's my way or the highway, but it's you who are saying my way or the highway. and in terms of revisionist say you -- might
and in terms of revisionist history, this idea that we're just trying to help fund the national guard and that's the least we can do, well, what about all the other agencies of the federal government? what about the rest of the people that need to be served? i say to my friends on the other side of the aisle, mr. speaker, my family has participated in the national guard. my nephew has been in the national guard, still is, has served two tours of duty in iraq and one tour of duty in afghanistan. he's now a blackhawk helicopter pilot of the national guard and ready to go again, and i and my family and my colleagues need no lecture about patriotism and about service to country. what we do want and what my nephew wants and all like him is that we stand up in this congress and find the
government. that's the least we can do for national guardsmen and for the clerk who processes applications for people to qualify for social security. we owe that to our constituents. we owe that to our country. and can we put aside the issues of revision and my way or the highway and come together and have a clean continuing resolution, buy ourselves some time to continue the debate on ancillary issues but stop the hostage taking for the sake of my nephew and perhaps yours? i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia yields back. members are reminded to address their comments to the speaker. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. woodrow wilson thank you, mr. speaker. i had -- mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i, too, represent a part of the world where service is not an
opportunity but an obligation. and i would say, as my friend knows very well, this body, this united states house, in june passed our veterans and military construction appropriations bill. this whole idea that you're supposed to fund the government in one giant bill is the same revisionist history. the way the government is supposed to be funded, as you know, mr. speaker, as we're supposed to fund it one piece at a time. that's how it should be because you look to see where those funding priorities are. so this house, mr. speaker, in june with only four dissenting votes, passed a bill affirming the financial commitment that this nation should have to our veterans. d it has been sitting, gathering dust in the united states senate since june.
funding for all veterans ran out on september 30. we all knew that. we knew it last september 30 that funding was going to run out this september 30, which is why this house has moved forward on appropriations bills. and the senate has moved forward on zero, mr. speaker. that's why it's my way or the highway. there's a right way to get this done and we have been trying to do it here. to do ate doesn't want it. they want to do it their way. the people back home are entitled to be served. you have not heard one voice on this floor today dispute that the bills we have before us would make a difference in the lives of american families. you had folks say it doesn't do enough, but you haven't had folks say it doesn't do what it's intended to do. we have an opportunity to do some good. let's do it. with that i reserve the balance
of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: i yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. mcnerney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. mcnerney: mr. speaker, what i'd like to know is why the republicans are so afraid of the affordable care act. is it because it makes health care affordable to millions? the republicans have spread fear about the a.c.a. for so long it's no wonder people are afraid. well, maybe they are afraid because the a.c.a. is going to work. in fact, the a.c.a. is already working, making health care accessible and lowering health care costs. it's increasing competition among insurance providers. but here's what's happening. republicans don't like the a.c.a., so they trash the government to get their way. that's no way to govern. you don't like the law so you crash the government? republicans don't like the environmental regulations of the e.p.a. they're going to crash the government to eliminate them?
are they going to crash the government to roll back the dodd-frank law? this had sets a horrible and reckless precedence, threatening 200 years of governance. there's a better way. work together with people you disagree with to make this a better country. now, the republicans are using a cynical effort to appeal democrats to their side. the real way to honor veterans is to uphold the rule of law fought so hard and sacrificed for. the a.c.a. is the law. let's fight to uphold the law. there will be glitches in the a.c.a., and some things should be improved. let's work together to make it work for all americans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. the colleague in the rules committee said earlier, if we could get a few of us around the table we could sort that out. i believe that. i absolutely believe that. if we could just sit around the table and talk to each other,
get together on the facts, we could sort this out. but we're not even together on the facts, mr. speaker. my colleague just talked about how we're taking away 250 years of american governance with this government shutdown. i don't celebrate this shutdown. i wish the senate would have come to the table so we wouldn't have had a shutdown. but the truth is, mr. speaker, in the 16 years that republicans have controlled this body, this is the third shutdown that has the great misfortune of occurring. the third. i came along in the carter administration. i'm from the state of georgia. president carter from the state of georgia. you go back to the carter administration, come 16 years forward, democrats controlled this institution, shut the government down 15 times. 15 times. in the carter administration, mr. speaker, it was all democrats. democrats in the white house, democrats running the u.s. house, democrats running the u.s. senate shut down the government five times for more than 50 days. i don't celebrate that.
but i do recognize that when people refuse to sit down and talk to each other, that is sometimes the outcome. didn't have to be the outcome this time. but here we are. so we can either throw up our hands in disgust or we can start pointing the fingers of blame or we can start doing something about it. again, mr. speaker, not one member of this body has come to the floor to attest that the passage of this rule and the passage of these underlying bills wouldn't make a difference for american families, and the reason they haven't is because they would. i understand we're going to continue to disagree. but let's do those things on which we agree. these five bills contained the first of those ideas, and i commit to my colleagues, if we can begin this process today, we can be right back here tomorrow doing more of it. wonder of wonders, mr. speaker.
if we start working together and doing those things that we know what our constituents want us to do, we might find a way out, we might make constituents back home proud. we can and we should. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for three minutes. i ask son lee: unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for three minutes. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, let me thank you and the gentlelady from new york and certainly my good friend on the rules committee. we see each other in his work and i know his passion and commitment. and as i walked on the floor today, i was listening to him recount history. the history of shutdowns of years' past will not help us be guided by our hearts and our minds today.
the american people are asking not for a recounting of historical perspective, years' past that have been solved, congresses who came together, patriots who stood in the line of fire and have lost their lives long since those particular shutdowns had occurred, we owe the american people of today an answer. i just came from the east steps of the united states congress. it's a very somber place. it's a place of joy, but it's a place of remembrance. if my good friend wants to remember anything, he needs to remember 9/11 when members of congress poured out of this place to show america that we were not going to be undermined by terrorists, that we were going to stand united together. that was a moment that america looked to in pride as we sang "god bless america." today, we stood on the steps standing with members of congress who actually were
wounded in iraq and veterans who are now members of congress and we ask for another moment of unity. unity to be able to address real issues in this house, to put 800,000 workers back to work who are not working for themselves and the federal government but process veterans' benefits and social security and medicare. we ask for this speaker and this republican conference and tea party-driven members to put all of that aside, let us recount the history of the unity that was shown on those we come symbolic when together. on 9/11 we came together as republicans and democrats. vote for a clean c.r.
the idea that national parks is important, they're right. they are important. the idea that the national guard is important, they're right. it is important. right now ellington field is shut down where the national guard in texas use and they are used as front liners for our borders and needs in that area. it is shut down. the national institutes of health is one of the bills. d.c. and the veterans, all of those are important. but i will tell you just as important are the men and women in the f.b.i. and the d.e.a., the drug enforcement agency, or -- alcohol, tobacco and firearm, those not being funded are very, very important and that is not on this list. so recounting the history doesn't do us any good. the national institutes of health, all of us who have had
conditions -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: such as what i had and surviving breast cancer realize the importance of it. but we will not, mr. speaker, piecemeal what we want is what we want for america. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: unity. mr. speaker, we want a clean c.r. put it on the floor right now. we will vote now. we will vote now. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. green. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. my concern with this rule is it allows us to debate and vote on four bills. each of these bills picks and chooses what government programs should be open, what is most important. i guess of all these four bills, the one i find most
cynical is the one that didn't pass last night on suspension was h.j.r. 72, the bipartisan resolution that will cut $6 billion from our nation's veterans from what passed the house this last june. there are many issues that divide our parties. one of the issues that's always perceived with bipartisan support is supporting our nation's heroes and their families. unfortunately, due to the extreme views of some in the majority, this chamber's now considering a resolution that will cut $6.2 billion from the v.a., excludes funding for several v.a. programs which are vital to the thousands of veterans in my district, including national veteran cemeteries, construction, grants for v.a. homes and mr. speaker, our nation's veterans deserve better and i call on this chamber to demand a vote on the full v.a. for the entire year. every day that goes beyond -- goes by without full appropriations for the v.a. is another day that our veterans are being harmed and denied the
support and services they paid for with blood, sweat and sacrifice. and let me explain it again. this house on a very bipartisan vote in june voted for a v.a. appropriations bill that was $6 billion more than what we're considering today. so this would be a cut in what we need. in fact, even the one in june is not enough. but it makes it even worse. that's why this is the most cynical of all these bills. what we need to do is come here on the floor and pass a clean c.r. and get the government back to work. don't pick and choose here. don't waste the time of the american people. let's have a clean c.r. today and vote and get the government back to work today. i yield back my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i yield myself 60 seconds to ask my friend from texas whose words had an impact on me, my friend from texas, my friend from texas who was talking about the bill we passed in june, i happen to share his
commitment to that legislation, and it's my understanding that that legislation is sitting today as it has been since june in the senate, and they could take it up and pass it and not fund veterans just for a week or 10 days, but fund those programs at those levels for the entire year. i would ask my friend if he would join with me in calling on the senate to do exactly that. mr. green: if the gentleman would yield. mr. woodall: i support our veterans. mr. green: i voted for the one in june like the majority of both our conferences and caucuses. we can't control the senate, but we can control what's on the floor today, and this bill cuts $6 billion what you and i supported in june. that's the issue we have on the floor today. i want a clean c.r. and i would like to have regular order for our appropriations. we'll deal with the senate, but we need to get our act together here in the house. mr. woodall: reclaiming my time. i say to my friend the clean c.r. cuts the exact same $6 billion that he said is a problem. i agree with him that's a
problem. i hope we won't do that. i hope the senate will take up that bill. with that, mr. speaker, i'd like to yield three minutes to a new member of this body, but one who brings common sense idea after commonsense idea, bipartisan idea after bipartisan idea to the rules committee, the gentleman from florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for three minutes. >> i thank the gentleman from georgia for his time. we are here today trying to do some pretty simple things, trying to support our veterans, keep open veterans' affairs. open up our parks around this great nation. mr. radel: even keep open d.c.ls right here in heck, i take the metro every single day. i'm here supporting this. and you know what, even last night we saw house democrats that are supporting the same causes. the problem today really lies with senate democrats. they simply are refusing to come to the negotiating table just to even talk with us. i have been in washington working through the weekend. many of us have been here until 3:00 in the morning every night working to simply keep the government open.
but no offer has been good enough for the senate. not one. they have rejected every single compromise that we have sent them. compromise is essential, especially when we have a time of divided government, because e are here to pass laws. sometimes repeal them. but most of all to govern. to give certainty and stability to this great nation. we have sent four different bills to the senate to keep government opened. all of them have been rejected. we even sent legislation to simply offer a small group of members to come to the negotiating table to compromise again with the senate to keep government opened. the senate rejected us time and time again. it's a sad day when we can't even get democrat senators to come and have a conversation with us to keep government opened. in fact, this is ridiculous. it's a disservice to the american people. i knew washington was broken before coming here.
but the senate's pure refusal to even work with the house is an all-time low. as a result of the senate's actions, we now have a government officially shut down. parents all across the country are worrying where their neck paycheck is coming from. how they are going to pay their mortgage, rent, put food on their kids' table all because senate democrats won't have a conversation. i think it's unreasonable for us in all of these compromises that house republicans and some house democrats, i don't think it's unreasonable to ask for a simple one-year deli of the individual mandate. -- delay of the individual mandate. after all the president himself has already delayed obamacare for big business. think about that. big business. big corporations are exempt from this law, but you are not. he's delayed this, he's delayed a bunch of online enrollment, even delayed the spanish language version of the website.
the president has been willing to exempt everyone from this signature piece of legislation except for you. yesterday, when you went to health care gov to sign up most people saw glitches and errors. the administration had three years to build a website which a 14-year-old can do in his parents' basement today. again, obamacare is not ready for prime time. all we are asking is just for this small piece to be delayed. it's a compromise that i think all of us can live with. i stand here ready to work with the senate to get government opened and do the right thing for you and this great nation. i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from california, ranking member on the appropriations subcommittee on agriculture, rural development, food and drug administration, mr. farr. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. farr: thank you very much. mr. speaker, give us back our government. i'm on the appropriations
committee. we shouldn't be talking about c.r.'s, we should be talking about passing appropriation bills. but those were stopped and we are now down to the emergency tool that we have had to use over and over again to continue government operations. i have been here 20 years. we have done c.r.'s many times. we have never, never had a precondition to a c.r. people are not entitled to make up facts here. the facts are that the senate is negotiating, the house democrats are negotiating. we came up with your numbers. we hate those numbers. but we swallowed them. there's only one thing to do, reject this proposition. vote no on the rule, vote no on the ability to bring the rule up. then we will have -- we have a bill here, it's in the house right now. senate version, it's clean. send it to the president. before tonight it's all over. people can go back to work tomorrow. tomorrow. so stop this game playing, this
selfishness, this poor loser, and this whining and just get on with doing the business you were elected to do. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i yield myself 0 seconds to agree with my friend that folks are not entitled to their own facts. the fact is that the law of the land is the budget number that the senate is proposing. there is no set of circumstances you can spend a penny more than that. in fact, as all of my colleagues know, beginning on january 1, that number will drop another $19 billion. to suggest that the senate is compromising by agreeing to follow the law of the land says a lot about where we are in this town, but it says absolutely nothing about genuine compromise. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. andrews. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for one minute. mr. andrews: i ask unanimous
consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman is recognized. mr. andrews: if the bills are on the floor today pass unanimously, which they won't, here's what happens next. they go to the senate, the senate maybe takes them up, maybe doesn't take them up. passes them, maybe doesn't pass them, and this whole cha raid continues. -- charade continues. if you want to get the veterans programs funded today, if you want to get the programs for the parks funded today, if you want to get the n.i.h. funded today, there is a way to do it. it's to take up the bill that the senate has passed, that the president says he will sign, that at least 14 members of the majority have said publicly they will vote for. i think it's many, many more than that. put it on the floor, and take a vote. that's the way to do this. that bill will go directly to the desk of the president of the united states before the day is over, the government would be
funded. if that's what you really want to do, you put that bill on the floor, and we take a vote on it. and i would just ask any member of the majority to tell us why we can't do that. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey yields back the balance of his time of the the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, at this time it gives me great pleasure to yield to a new member of this body but a growing leader in this body, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. holding, for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for three minutes. mr. holding: mr. speaker, just hours after the president and senate democrats refused to compromise, causing our government to shut down, obamacare exchanges opened for business. folks across the aisle said yesterday was a day to celebrate, but it is clear that is simply not the case. the president likened the obamacare rollout to a new apple product, but the difference is that the american people are not forced to buy ipods, and this is
not just about buying a new technological gadget but something extremely important and personal, your health care. as soon as the obamacare exchanges became available online, there were immediate problems and glitches. the administration had to know millions of americans would be trying to get on the site yesterday, yet they still didn't account for the traffic. mr. speaker, not only has the administration forced an individual mandate on the american people, they haven't even adequately prepared for it. the arrogance of this law is weekend forecasting more and more apparent. -- is becoming more and more apparent. the administration is more kerpped about getting obamacare off the ground than whether or not it actually works. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield a minute to the gentleman from california, member of the committee on
appropriations, mr. schiff. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. schiff: mr. speaker, last night the g.o.p. followed through with their threat to shut down the government if they didn't get what they lacked the votes to obtain. the destruction of health care reform. it was staggeringly irresponsible but the leadership was not willing to buck their tea party membership and meet even the most basic obligation of governance, to keep the lights on. i can only hope that this short -- shutdown is short-lived and we pass a basic funding bill soon. a small group of members cannot be allowed to burn the house down when they don't get their way, and we simply cannot continue to engage in these my way or the highway exercises every couple months. the affordable care act was passed by congress, signed by the president, upheld by the supreme court, democrats are willing to entertain improvements to this landmark law, but we are not interested in seeking to undermine or destroy it. and the worst thing about this latest man-made crisis, our economy might have fully recovered long before now if congress would just get out of
the way. let us take up the senate bill, a clean bill to keep the government running, and end this latest man-made disaster. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: i'm pleased to yield a minute to the gentleman from virginia, the ranking member of the appropriations subcommittee on the interior, mr. moran. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for one minute. mr. moran: mr. speaker, this is unbelievable. all we need is less than 20 republicans and we can open up the government today. because you'll have the democrats voting to open the government. just give us 20 votes, and we could open it today. and instead because of the ted cruz, tea party faction within your caucus, that somehow has managed to intimidate the republican leadership, you're willing to bring this country to
its knees to furlough 800,000 federal employees. to cause suffering around the country and to cause billions of dollars in economic damage to our economy. how can you do this? this is so wrong. today, open it. give us 20 republican votes. get our country functioning again. let us do our job. this is an outrageous abdication of responsibility. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i yield myself 60 seconds. i know he has a lot of federal loyees -- employees in his districks as do i, not as many as he does, and i know he speaks from the heart in terms of the struggles those families are going through, but i would say to my friend that while that might be his goal, we could have taken a step towards it yesterday and all of your v.a.
employees would have been park, and all of your park service employees would have been back and all the folks in the d.c. government would have been protected. we could have done it yesterday and the democrats defeated it. now, we are bringing it back today, but we could have made a difference yesterday and we didn't. i would just say to the gentleman, i know his concern for everyone is heartfelt, but i wish that he would join me in helping at least someone, today, we might get all the way there. i believe that we can, but we've . t to get started these bills today get us started in that direction. again i appreciate -- mr. moran: would the gentleman yield. less emotional response? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. woodall: i yield 30 seconds. mr. moran: i thank my friend from georgia. the problem is that we are creating a politics of divisiveness here because we are exempting some agencies at the expense of others.
they may not be as visible to the public, but it doesn't mean they aren't performing essential purposes. that's the problem, picking and choosing. tomorrow we'll be back with another agency. that's what we're trying to avoid. we're trying to do it appropriately. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i yield myself an additional 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. woodall: to say it encourages me what i hear from my friend is, he doesn't like our proposal because he thinks it's a policy of divisiveness and he wants to move toward those things that unite us. i happen to feel the same way, mr. speaker, about the proposals before us. i think where the senate is pushing us is a place that divides us, but these ideas are common ground ideas that unites us. while we may disagree on that, it gives me great encouragement, as it does my
constituents back home, that the goal is to find those things that unite us, focus on those and move america forward. and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i would like to inquire from my colleague if he has any more speakers. if not i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman from georgia have any speakers? mr. woodall: i'd advise the gentlelady i have one speaker remaining. ms. slaughter: i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, at this time it gives me great pleasure to yield one minute to a good friend of mine, a new member of this body, a leader from the great state of south mr. rice. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. rice: those complaining about the small continuing resolutions because they picked and choose who got funded and that's our problem putting the
obamacare in place with the president picking and choosing. the president's deciding what parts of the law of the land he wants to put in place. he says he's for the working man. he says he's for the middle class. but in fact he's exempted big business. he's exempted many of his friends in the union and so forth. so if this law is so wonderful and if we are going to put it in place, as you're saying, we want a whole c.r. that funds the whole government, let's put the whole thing in place that funds every aspect of the law was designed to apply to. let's put the whole law in effect if it's the law of the land, let's treat it like the law of the land, no exemptions, no waivers, let's put it in effect exactly like it's written. thank you very much. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina yields back. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, may i inquire, i'd like to be sure -- the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman have speakers? mr. woodall: i thank my friend.
i have no more speakers remaining. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. i close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman has 2 3/4 minutes. ms. slaughter: if we defeat the previous question i'll offer an amendment to the rule that would allow the house to vote on the clean senate continuing resolution so that we can send it to the president for his signature today. i don't want that to be lost on anybody. this will probably be the only chance in this house that you will get to vote on what everyone has been asking for. i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of the amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, we found out already this morning in the rules committee and admittedly by the chair that they don't intend to open the government back up because i brought this very same motion to the rules
committee, it was defeated 9-4 on a party line vote. my hope today lies in all the people on the other side, my good friends, who have said that if they had an opportunity to open up the government again, to put people back to work, to stop the terrible pain that we are simply laying on our federal workers and -- what we've done simply to punish them, what we've done to medical science, which cannot be turned off and on like a faucet, what we have done to our security, what we are doing to our intelligence, all of it, all of it, mr. speaker, we cannot do this multiple choice of what we will say today and maybe do something else next week if we get a bad headline. this is terribly important. i want to give notice to all of my friends on the other side, stand up for what you said. today, please put your voting
card where your mouth has been. vote because you know it is the right thing to do to get this government back to work. i remind everybody the senate has not been holding us up here. the senate sent the clean c.r. over early. we have simply ignored it, and everything that we've sent back to them had nothing to do with the running of the government but everything to do with trying to kill health care. today, let's get ourselves back on track, get this magnificent government working again. this country, which we are so proud, right now is looking pretty draggled because we don't know with this lurch from crisis to crisis what's going to happen from one day to the next. this is the day, mr. speaker, this is the time, this is the opportunity. i urge my colleagues to vote no, defeat the previous question. at that point we will have our opportunity to vote on the clean c.r. that does nothing but continue the spending and
allows the government to reopen. i urge a no vote on the rule and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia is recognized and has 1 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank my friend from new york for joining me on the floor today. mr. speaker, it's sad for the house that we've defined a c.r. as any sort of success whatsoever. knows er of this house c.r. is a degree of failure. i want to say to my friends, again, no one has said this bill won't help. absolutely everyone knows this bill will help, but i want to reach out my hand once again, mr. speaker. and say what my friend from south carolina said moments ago, take your pick. i'll meet you on your terms. either, let's take these things that we agree on in government them, let's pick
and choose those things that we agree on and let's fund them or let's fund it all and stop the picking and choosing in obamacare what we like. if it's all good, let's fund all the government and let's obey all of obamacare giving those waivers that big business got to individuals as well. if it's not good, then let's focus on these things that we unanimously are good. there's a path forward, mr. speaker. we can find it together. i believe the rule and the bill we have before us today begin us down that path. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays and i urge a no vote. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 and clause
9 of rule 20, this 15-minute vote on ordering the previous question will be followed by five-minute votes on adoption of the house resolution, if ordered, and approval of the journal. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 27. the nays are 197. the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking his vote by the yeas and nays. -- vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote.
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 228. the nays are 198. the resolution is agreed to. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal on which the yeas and nays were ordered. the question is on agreeing to
the speaker's approval of the journal. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, pursuant to house resolution 370, i call up joint resolution h.j.res. 71, a joint resolution, making continuing propings of local funds of the district of columbia for fiscal year 2014 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the joint resolution. the clerk: house joint resolution 1, joint resolution making continuing appropriations of local funds of the district of columbia for fiscal year 2014. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 37240erk joint resolution is considered read. the joint resolution shall be debatable for 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations. the gentleman from florida, mr. crenshaw, and the gentleman from new york, mr. serrano,
each will control 15 minutes. the gentleman from florida. mr. crenshaw: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five lennell slative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.j.res. 71. and that i may include tabular material on the same. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. hoe house will be in order. please remove your conversations from the house floor. the house will be in order. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. crenshaw: i yield myself such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. crenshaw: i bring before the house today a continuing resolution that's very limited in scope. it simply allows the district of columbia to spend their locally raised revenues. that's all it does. i brought this same resolution before the house yesterday under the suspension of the
rules. , a vote was 265-163 majority but not the 2/3 majority required by the suspension of the rowls. -- of the rules system of the bill is back before us today and will require a majority for passage. frankly, i don't understand why so many of our friends on the other side of the aisle voted no yesterday because all it does is allow the district of columbia to spend their own money but be that as it may, that's what happened. eleanor norton holmes who represents the district of columbia, made a very eloquent, very impassioned plea as to why we should pass this continuing resolution but apparently that didn't convince enough of her democratic colleagues to reach the 2/3 majority. so here we are today. i think most of the members
recognize that the district of columbia is unique. it's a unique city among all the cities in our great country. it's called a federal city. buzz thoof unique relationship, congress must appropriate the ocally raised funds before they can be spent. and we do that every year on a routine basis as part of the financeable services propings bill. we've done that from time to time and things always seem to work out. but this time we're back with the same resolution that we had yesterday. the way it works is simply this. the district of columbia has passed a 2014 budget. the mayor makes his proposal the city council received the proposal. it tchers budget, and this year
it has approved the budget. there's an independent chief financial officer that has certified the budget. it's balanced. nd there we are. so now we're faced with a situation, unless congress appropriates the money, they're not able to spend the money. i don't think that after they pass their budget that just because the united states congress is arguing back and forth between the house and the senate as to how we should fund the government, i don't think that should stop the district of columbia, this unique city from spending the money that they've raised locally. for instance, you have people that work for the district of columbia. like any other city. you have school teachers that go to work every day. aened they teach kids.
you've got policemen that get up every day that work, night shift, day shifts, to make sure that the streets in the district of columbia are safe. you've got firemen that go to work every day, they're there on call in case there's an emergency. other first responders, they're working every day. people keep the streets clean, pick up the garbage. people go to work as librarians and do the work to make sure that people have access to reading material. now there's no reason in the world why these people should furloughed or not paid, simply because congress can't get its act together as to how to fund the federal government. that doesn't make any sense. and if you live in the district of columbia, you shouldn't have your quality of life degraded because of what goes on in congress. you ought to have the police and fire protection.
you have all the services other cities have, you ought to have them. despite the fact that we've tried to get together, the house and the senate, to figure out a way to keep our government running, to keep it open, we haven't been table do that. and so we shouldn't penalize the people in the district of columbia. for that. and so this simple resolution takes care of that. it authorizes and appropriates the money under the law that needs to be submitted on the lowlow call level, that's what it does. i reserve the plns of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is ecognized. mr. serrano: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. serrano: for the people watching at home this debate may seem familiar and it is because we considered the same bill yesterday. unfortunately, nothing has changed in the past 24 hours.
so i continue to oppose this bill. our nation still finds itself in the midst of a completely unnecessary government shutdown caused by the republican party. we all know the solution, passing the senate version of the continuing resolution, which would reopen our nation's government totally for everyone. doing anything less than a full c.r. is simply a political ploy. it's a false process designed by a member of the other body to deflect attention from the harm that the shutdown is causes. now for 23 years that i've been in congress, i've been at times begging members of the other side of the aisle to help the district of columbia. i spent years getting rid of riders that they imposed on the district of columbia. all the things that you just heard today from the chairman
of the committee, who i have a lot of respect for and i know the public listens to this kind of debate, and says, well, they say they respect each other -- we do. we care for each other but a lot of this is simply politics. all the things he just said are things for 23 years his party refused to do for the district of columbia. this is only to make it look good now so they can find yet another way to go after obamacare. in fact, this bill continues that meddling by continuing a controversial and harmful rider that prevents the district of columbia from expending its own funds on abortion services. no other state -- no other state in the nation has such a restriction. although i support d.c. being able to spend its own money, i do not understand why this bill is not being considered -- >> the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the house is not in order. please remove your conversations from the house floor.
the house will be in order. please remove your conversation fless house floor. he gentleman is recognized. mr. serrano: i do not understand why this bill is not being considered as part of the full financial services appropriations bill. many agencies under our jurisdiction has suffered or will suffer, devastating problems as a result of the republican federal government shutdown. let me recap briefly some of the problems that i mentioned yesterday. the republican shutdown has required the small business administration, in our committee, to furlough almost 2/3 of its work force. to shutter as had almost all of the small business loan programs, including loan programs for veterans, women-owned small businesses and small businesses located in underserved areas. the federal defenders currently have enough money to continue operations for just a couple of weeks. however, once that time is up, they will be unable to fulfill
their constitutional duties of criminal defendants. the consumer product safety commission is going down, listen to this, from 540 employees to only 22, putting ought of the american people at risk. the i.r.s., a favorite target of the other side, has been forced to lay off most of their work force. most of their work force. preventing the agency from providing taxpayer assistance to those who have questions to examine questionable tax returns or to even accept paper tax filing. the i.r.s. brings the vast majority of our nation's revenue, and the republican shutdown is harming our ability to pay our bill. all of these agencies need and deserve a continuing resolution so they can perform the many functions of government that remain essential to american consumers, investors, taxpayers and small businesses. saying that i
have a lot of respect for the members on the other side, but you've been caught up by a small group in your party and one person in the other body who's running this show and says this shutdown has to go down as long as it can as long as the public will tell you any longer and they will tell you soon. and rather now opening up the government totally by having a proper resolution, you are going to start nitpicking little places. not because you have developed this great love for the district of columbia, but because you know that it can divide people on this side and on your side. and division is what is best for this situation. right now for a lot of folks on your side. so i reserve the balance of my time, and i would hope that we can see this for what it is which is a sham, a trick and more of the same. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida is recognized.
mr. crenshaw: mr. chairman, i just find it ironic that the other side always likes to complain that republicans meddle too much in the affairs of the district of columbia, and yet yesterday so many of them voted not to even let the district of columbia access their own local fund. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. serrano: not allowing them to use their local funds is something that has been said on that side many, many, many times. mr. speaker, it's my honor to yield three minutes to the gentleman from michigan, the dean of the house, mr. dingell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for three minutes. mr. dingell: i thank my good friend for the time and i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. dingell: one of my colleagues came to me said, 's -- i have not seen such small-minded, miserable
behavior in the history and we are supposed to solve the problems of the people, we're supposed to deal with the concerns they have, we are to make sure that the nation pros percent. none of that being done. i'm embarrassed, and i'm humiliated and i certainly hope that my colleagues on both sides, especially on the republican side. this is going to cost us huge loss of money. money in to waste the amount which will exceed that which we saw wasted during the last time the republicans shut the house down. they shut it down in 1995 and 1996. it cost $2 billion in today's moneys. according to the office of management and budget, this shutdown is no different, and it's going to end up not only costing money but hurting the economy, hurting jobs and
hurting the american recovery. during the last shutdown, we lost huge amounts of revenues through i.r.s., through e.p.a. and through other agencies. passport applications were not processed. more revenue was lost. national parks, battlefields and monuments were closed. now we're going to pass a budget. hit-and-miss legislation, people will think that in some quaint way we're solving the nation's problems. we are called the congress. that means coming together. i see no coming together here. i see a waste of time, a waste of money and the behavior of a bunch of people who look small, pet lent and small-mind -- pet atlanta and small-minded. i'm embarrassed. i hope the american people are not only embarrassed, but they're being hurt by the shameless, miserable behavior that we're demonstrating today
in this chamber and on the television of the nation. let's get down to business. let's pass a continuing resolution. let's do our responsibilities. let's behave as the congress of the united states, not an aggregation of petulent children. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. crenshaw: mr. speaker, i still don't understand why it's so hard for the friends on the other side to vote in favor of this, to allow the district of columbia to spend their own locally raised funds. back in 1996, as they may recall, there was a shutdown of e government and there was a stand-alone provision pretty much just like this and it was signed into law by the president of the united states. it was bill clinton, a democrat, and i just don't understand why it's so hard for democrats to accept that today.
with that i'd like to yield four minutes to the distinguished chairman of the government oversight and reform committee, darrell issa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for four minutes. mr. issa: i thank the gentleman, mr. speaker. i must admit i'm the gentleman that walked up -- the colleague that walked up to mr. dingell and asked him about if he'd ever seen it this bad before. and i'm sorry to hear that he did. because in his 57 years, he covered 57 of my 59 years of life. so i hope i'm not the petulent child when i say quite frankly the disregard over the district of columbia is his side of the aisle. it's not an appropriations bill. it's not really part of the c.r. the truth is the district of columbia pulls quarters out of meters every day and they are ot going to be able to spend
that. they receive money from building permits but they will not use that money that keep the people that look at those builds employed. they receive the money from the various services they do, including obviously making sure that the property in the district of columbia is protected and that creates the property value on which we who own property in the district of columbia -- and i am among them -- pay our taxes. now, the democrats love to talk about taxation without representation. well, i'm here today to say, where is eleanor holmes norton's representation? give ms. herseth sandlin: due. they're being taxed locally. those moneys will build up locally and you're saying they can't spend it? there's no question in your mind that the right thing to do is to pass a c.r. on everything cleanly. that's good. but until we pass a c.r. which
would include some funds for the district of columbia, allowing them to have what every single member on both sides of the aisle going on in every single city in their district, it's just fairness. do not treat the district of columbia greater than what it is. it is a federal city. but for goodness sake, it's a city. it should have the right to spend its own money. yesterday, i was appalled -- let me rephrase that. i was pleased to see some 34 democrats cross former speaker pelosi's orders andiedics to vote no on everything and -- and edicts and vote no on everything with eleanor holmes norton. ask the question, don't you really want to vote yes? isn't this a time in which you show your independence and do the right thing for the district of columbia and let them spend their own money? or will you go home to the city you live in tonight or this weekend knowing that they're
spending the money that they collect locally and you were denying the district of columbia the ability to spend the money it collects locally? our committee passed unanimously a bill to make that permanent. it wasn't an appropriations bill. it was a statutory change to the home rule act. i only ask that you realize that we were on a trajectory toward providing an enhancement in home rule that would cover this. i want that bill brought up as soon as possible, but this is the equivalent for this crisis period. i saw my friend, eleanor holmes norton, almost in tears yesterday because she couldn't believe her own party wouldn't support her. don't do that today. support the delegate from the district of columbia. support the people of the district of columbia in their ability to spend their own money or you will be damning them to taxation without representation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back. the gentleman from florida reserves.
the chair will remind all persons in the gallery that they are here as guests of the house and that any manifestation of approval or disapproval of proceedings is in violation of the house rules. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. serrano: just to a quick point. first of all, the gentleman from california, mr. issa, the bill yesterday passed on a voice vote and then he interrupted that, the speaker, and asked for a vote which extended that to a recorded vote. and secondly, i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from new york, my colleague, the ranking member on the appropriations committee, mrs. lowey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized for two minutes. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to the republican shutdown. we can't cherry pick our way to funding the government. of course we support funding for the district of columbia. ut we also support funding for 800,000 americans who are being furloughed, restoring s.b.a.
loans to help small businesses grow, restarting head start centers. mr. speaker, i'd say to my friend, eleanor holmes norton, it really pains me that republicans have brought up this cynical bill yet again today. funding one budget at a time is no way to fulfill our constitutional responsibilities to keep the government running or grow our economy. this bill is nothing more than a republican ploy. designed to solve problems. it is designed to only to help republicans shift blame to the most evident results of their shutdown. it would not be before us if republicans had not been so irresponsible throughout the budgetary process, forcing us into a shutdown. this bill is wasting critical time that should be spent passing the senate-passed compromised bill that we know the president would sign to end
the shutdown for all of government. is irresponsible. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. crenshaw: mr. speaker, could i inquire as to how much time remains on each side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida has six minutes. the gentleman from new york has 5 1/4. mr. crenshaw: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano: mr. speaker, i recognize ms. kaptur from ohio for unanimous consent request. ms. kaptur: i want to thank ranking member serrano and ask unanimous consent that the house bring up the senate amendment to h.j.res. 59, the clean continuing resolution, so we can go to conference on a real budget. let's end this republican government shutdown that is already harming economic
recovery and has already slowed -- the speaker pro tempore: it is recorded in section 956 of the house rules and we entertain requests unless it's been cleared by the bipartisan floor and committee leadership. the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano: mr. speaker, i recognize mr. price from north carolina for unanimous consent equest. mr. price: i ask unanimous consent that the house now consider passing clean continuing resolution so they can pay the frontline personnel who -- the speaker pro tempore: as the chair previously advised the request cannot be entertained absent propescleern. the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano: i recognize the gentleman, mr. farr, for unanimous consent request. mr. farr: i ask unanimous consent to bring up the senate amendment to h.r. 59 and stop this silly game-playing,
multiple choice government. the speaker pro tempore: as the chair previously advied that request cannot be entertained without appropriate cleern. mr. serrano: i recognize mr. pastor for unanimous consent request. mr. pastor: i ask unanimous consent that the house bring to the floor the senate amendment the clean continuing resolution which ends the re-- the speaker pro tempore: as the chair previously advised that request cannot be entertained absent propes clearance. the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano: i recognize mr. langevin of rhode island for unanimous consent request. mr. langevin: mr. speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: the chair will recognize unanimous consent requests but not for debate purposes. the gentleman is recognized. mr. langevin: i ask unanimous consent that the house bring up the senate amendment to h.j.
resolution 59, the clean r.c. -- c.r. aened go to conference on a budget so we end this republican government shutdown that's -- the speaker pro tempore: as the chair previously stated the request cannot be entertained absent appropriate clearance. the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano: i recognize mr. butterfield of north carolina for unanimous consent request. mr. butterfield: i ask unanimous consent that the house bring up the senate resolution -- the speaker pro tempore: as the chair previously advised the request cannot be entertained. the gentleman from new york will be charged. time. mr. serrano: just checking. just checking what i was being charged with. the speaker pro tempore: understandable. the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano: i recognize for unanimous consent request ms.
wasserman schultz from the great state of florida. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the house bring up the senate amendment to h.j.res. 59 to end this reckless republican orchestrated shutdown it is time for the house -- the speaker pro tempore: as the chair has previously advised that -- the gentlelady is out of order. the gentleman from new york will be charged, time will be charged. mr. serrano: mr. speaker, i recognize for unanimous consent equest ms. meng from new york. ms. meng: she -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend. the chair would advise members that although a unanimous into request to insert be a short may only tatement of the member's
thoughts on the subject. the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano: does that mean members can't state why we should end this charade? the speaker pro tempore: the members can state their unanimous consent request but cannot engage in debate thereon. the gentlelady may continue. ms. meng: i ask unanimous consent that the house bring up the senate amendment to h.j.res. 59, the clean c.r. and go to conference on a budget so that we end this republican government shutdown. the speaker pro tempore: the request cannot be entertain the gentlelady is out of order. the gentleman from new york. the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano: for unanimous consent i recognize mr. kennedy of rhode island. massachusetts. i'm sorry.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kennedy: thank you to my colleague from new york. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house and ask that the house bring up the senate amendment to h.j.res. 59, the clean c.r. and go to conference on baunlt so that we can end the republican shutdown. the speaker pro tempore: as the chair has previously advised that cannot be entertained absent appropriate clearance. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from texas. >> how much time does the gentleman from new york control? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas has five minutes the gentleman from new york has six. mr. serrano: i reck nizz for a unanimous consent request mr. kilmer of washington. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington. the gentleman from new york.
mr. serrano: ms. mr. veasey of is recognized for unanimous consent. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. >> unanimous consent request. >> before i state my unanimous consent request, may i ask a point of information? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may state your inquiry. >> my inquiry is who is the speaker of this house? is it john bayne ore ted cruz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is out of order. mr. tau cano: my unanimous consent request is that the house bring up senate amendment h.j.res. 59, the clean c.r. to go to conference on a budget. the speaker pro tempore: as the chair previously advised that cannot be entertained absent appropriate clearance. mr. serrano: i recognize for unanimous consent the entlelady from ohio.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. p beity: i ask unanimous consent that the house bring up -- the speaker pro tempore: as the house has previously advised that request can in the be interteen. the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano: i recognize for unanimous consent request mr. barber of arizona. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from arizona. mr. barber: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the house bring up the senate amendment to h.j.res. 59 the clean c.r. and go to conference on a budget -- the speaker pro tempore: as the chair has previously advised that request cannot be entertained absent appropriate cleernts. the gentleman is out of order. the gentleman from new york. the gentleman is out of order. the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano spick recognize for unanimous consent request mr. holt of new jersey.
mr. holt: i thank the gentleman. i ask unanimous consent that the house bring up senate amendment to h.j.res. 59, the clean c.r. and go to conference on bauget so we can end this republican government shutdown. the speaker pro tempore: as the chair previously advised that request cannot be entertained absent appropriate clearance. the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano: i recognize for unanimous consent request the gentleman from new york, mr. maloney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. maloney: i ask unanimous consent to help the hundred at west point and stewart air national guard base we bring up the crean c.r. and stop this reckless -- the speaker pro tempore: that request cannot be entertained absent propes clearance. mr. serrano: i yield three minutes to the gentlelady from the district of columbia, the representative, ms. holmes norton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for three minutes. ms. holmes norton: i thank the
gentleman for yielding and for his support during his time in congress for the district of columbia, not withstanding the way the d.c. budget is coming to the floor this year, i come to the floor to ask my colleagues for help and i think each and every last one of you would be saying exactly the same thing i'm saying if your own district was on the line. i'm speaking for 16 -- for 668,000 innocent bystanders to problem. al they have raised $ billion, more than four states, but they're not able to spend a dime of it as a spie speak because this congress hasn't done its work and they have no authority that spend their own local funds. they are living off of contingency funds that are fast running out. you are holding the local funds as if it was your money.
it's our money. the strategy of each side seems to deepen the city's crisis. the republicans cherry pick and cherry pick but the health care bill is still on the table. the democrats see that the public is on its side so they don't have any incentive to move. the goals of each side are known but neither has an exit strategy ands the district of columbia that is hurting. if the game plan is to keep this going until the debt ceiling in the middle of the month, please don't. you will -- each day without an agreement is punishing millions of americans in every sing -- and every single d.c. resident. freeing d.c. leaves every bit of the strategy of each side in place. because all the federal funds are there. the original sin was requiring the local budget to come here
in the first place. don't compound that original sin by simply throwing d.c. into the pile with federal appropriations and pretending as if it were the same. you have no right to pull a defenseless city into this federal boxing match. you have no right to use the good name of the people of the district of columbia alongside appropriations no matter how wonderful they are. those appropriations depend upon your funding. the $8 billion is our funding. you have no right to leave our local budget sticking up like a sore thumb among the federal appropriations. it's our money, not yours. do not drive the nation's capital into crisis. pass this bill. free d.c.
please. free the people of the district of columbia. and i thank the chairman and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time -- the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. he gentleman from florida. mr. crenshaw: can i inquire of the gentleman from new york, how many remaining speakers do you have? two? we don't have any additional speakers, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from michigan, mr. kildee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute mr. serrano: can i find out how much time i have left. the speaker pro tempore: the six. man from florida has the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. kildee: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i'm new to congress and i knew when i was elected last year that i was coming to a place
where i would be in the minority, and where it was a highly partisan environment. i was elected to replace the gentleman mitigating circumstance uncle, who served in this body for 36 year, sat alongside mr. dingell who we heard from earlier. i did not believe, though,s that i was elected to a body where the majority would impose its will and use the rules to prevent a vote on the floor of the house for action that would open government, that the president supports, that the senate has already adopted, and that democrats and republicans in this body have both act knowledged would pass if it were brought to a vote here on the floor of the house. we the how we can get d.c. and the whole rest of the government open again. it's simp throw do what the will of this body would have us do if we were only allowed a vote and that is to bring the senate c.r. to the floor of the
house. we will pass it. we'll get government to open again. hen we can go to conference -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from florida continues to reserve. the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano: i recognize for a unanimous consent statement mr. bishop of georgia. mr. bishop: i thank the gentleman, in order to end these childish games and put our american government back to work for the american people i ask unanimous consent that the house bring up senate amendment to h.j.res. 59. the speaker pro tempore: as the chair has previously advised that request cannot be entertained absent appropriate clearance. the gentleman from new york. mr. serrano: i yield myself the remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. serrano: i just wish in the 23 years i have been fighting on behalf of the district of columbia i had heard so much love from the other side for the d.c. k -- for the district
of columbia. s that game. this is a ploy. it's such a ploy that even when they had an opportunity get by under the screen yesterday they didn't do it. let me just end briefly by repeating this. there was a vote called on the floor. no one from this side called for a vote. the speaker said that the bill had passed. someone, they're denying now who it was, from that side called for a vote. we had a vote on this bill yesterday which resulted in what it resulted in because that side called for a vote. why? because they wanted to show a vote on the board. they wanted to make this a show, a trick, and a ploy, and a sham. they didn't want that bill to really pass. i'm not sure they want the bill to pass today. i yield back the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york yield back. the gentleman from florida. mr. crenshaw: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself the remaining time. there's been a lot of talk about political games.
watch people parade up and down and make speeches urn the guise of a unanimous consent and i'm not sure how serious that is. i'm not sure how much that complies with the rules of the house but be that as it may, and you have folks on the other side that say they really believe the district of columbia ought to be able to spend its own money but yet they vote no on the authorization to do that. . we're in the second day of a suretydown of the federal government -- of a shutdown of the federal government. a lot of people are upset. i'm upset. i'm disappointed. because it doesn't have to be this way. three separate occasions, this house sent to the senate a continuing resolution, would have kept the government open, kept the government running. three times. and yet three times the democratic-controlled senate said no. not once, not twice, but three
times. and then this house sent to the senate a continuing resolution that also said, let's appoint a conference committee. that's a group of individuals from the house and a group of individuals from the senate, they would sit down and they would try to resolve these differences, to try to keep the government open. because how are you going to solve a problem unless you sit down? that's what we call a conference committee. and then you try to move forward. but the senate once again said no. now, we all know that we have conference committees from time to time. the gentleman from new york and i, he's the ranking member of the financial services subcommittee, of appropriations, we have jurisdiction over lots of different agencies. the i.r.s., the department of treasury, the federal court system, the supreme court. the securities and exchange commission, the federal communications commission.
and we drafted a spending bill this year and i assume the senate was working on their own spending bill somewhere, somehow, some way. usually when it all ends up, there's a conference committee and you try to work out your differences. for instance, we oversee the i.r.s. and members might remember the scandal that took place. as we were appropriating money to the i.r.s., we found out that they had been singling out individuals and groups of individuals based on their political philosophy and they had intimidated them, they'd bullied them, they'd held them up and we thought that was wrong. and so when we drafted our appropriations bill, we didn't give the i.r.s. all the money they asked for. but the senate might have done something different and if that was the case, then we would come together and have a conference committee and we would talk about that. and that's all we're saying here.
why don't we sit down and have a conference committee about how we're going to fund the federal government? that's the way to get started. that's the way to figure out a final way. that's the way to stop this shutdown. again, we don't have to be here. it's disappointing. i wish we could move ahead. but at least, at least let's pass this continuing resolution, let's say to the district of columbia, we've met our legal responsibility, we have appropriated the -- their own local funds so they can move on with their lives. let's don't punish the citizens of the district of columbia, let's don't punish the people that work in the district of columbia. that try to keep the city open, keep it running, keep it safe, keep it clean. let's pass this resolution and move ahead. with that i urge the adoption of this resolution and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. all time for debate has expired.
pursuant to house resolution 370, the previous question is ordered. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: joint resolution making continuing appropriations for the local funds of the district of columbia for fiscal year 2014. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the joint resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he resolution is passed. without objection, the motion is laid upon the table. is reconsidered. t shall be reconsidered. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland rise? mr. van hollen: mr. speaker, i move to take from the speaker's table h.j.res. 59, with the house amendment to the senate amendment thereto, to recede in
the house amendment and concur in the senate amendment. the speaker pro tempore: under section 2 of house resolution 368, the motion may be offered only by the majority leader or his designee. mr. van hollen: mr. speaker, parliamentary inquiry. the speaker pro tempore: state your inquiry. mr. van hollen: i am looking at the standing rules of the house, specifically standing rule 22, section 4, which reads, when the stage of disagreement has been reached on a bill or resolution with house or senate amendments, a motion to dispose of any amendment shall be privileged. my question, mr. speaker, is, haven't we now reached that state of disagreement as defined by rule 22, section 4? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. but under section 2, house resolution 386, the motion may be offered only by the majority leader or his designee.
mr. van hollen: parliamentary inquiry, mr. speaker. because you started by saying the gentleman's correct. did you mean that i am correct in saying that the standing house rule 22, section 4, that says that the stage of disagreement has been reached on a bill or resolution with the house or senate amendments, that that would be applicable under the stating -- standing rule if the standing rule was in order? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. mr. van hollen: so, parliamentary inquiry, mr. speaker. what is it that changed the normal rules of the house with respect to the ability of any member, including myself, or any member on the other side to offer a resolution calling up the c.r. passed by the senate and asked that it be sent to the white house immediately? why is that standing rule of the house not in operation right now? the speaker pro tempore: the house is operating under the terms of house resolution 368 in which the amendment may be offered only by the majority leader or his designee. mr. van hollen: mr. speaker, parliamentary inquiry. i'm asking why it is that the
standing rule of the house, the normal rules of the house that web of been operating under, that -4, what is it changed that that makes it impossible for me to now offer a motion to send the clean c.r. to the white house where the president could sign it tonight? what is it that has changed the standing rule of the house? the speaker pro tempore: a special order has limited that to house resolution 368, which limits that to the majority leader or his designee. mr. van hollen: parliamentary inquiry. a special order has changed and modified the standing rule of the house. am i right about that? the speaker pro tempore: house resolution 368 has modified that order. mr. van hollen: i just want to be clear. parliamentary inquiry. under the regular order of the house, would any member of the house, including myself, be able to call up a motion to
immediately send the c.r. to fund the government to the president of the united states? to immediately call up and have vote on that? the speaker pro tempore: the chair will not respond to a hypothetical. mr. van hollen: mr. speaker, parliamentary inquiry. let me just finish this line of questioning, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland, state your inquiry. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. just so i understand the response under the rules of the house, you indicated that the standing rules of the house have been put aside in favor of h.r. - h.res. 368, is that correct? the speaker pro tempore: that is correct. mr. van hollen: and peril meantry inquiry. am i correct that section 2 of that new rule says that any motion pursuant to the standing rule, clause 4 of rule 22, may now only be offered by the republican leader or the designee of the republican leader, is that correct?
the speaker pro tempore: the chair will state the following response. under section 2 of house resolution 368, the motion may be offered only by the majority leader or his designee. mr. van hollen: just -- parliamentary inquiry. the rule that has now been placed over the house in substitute for the standing rules of the house gives only the majority leader or his designee the ability to move up and ask for a vote on the clean senate bill that would go to the white house, is that correct? the speaker pro tempore: the chair will not respond to characterization and will state again, under section 2 of house resolution 368, that motion may be offered only by the majority leader or his designee. mr. van hollen: parliamentary inquiry. it seems pretty clear that we've taken the normal rules of the house, mr. speaker, parliamentary inquiry, and substituted in its place a provision that says, only the republican leader can -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has not stated a proper parliamentary inquiry.
>> i call up the joint resolution h.j.res. 73, a joint resolution making continuing appropriations for the national stitute of health, for the fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes. and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report -- the clerk will report the title of the joint resolution. the clerk: joint resolution making continuing appropriations for the national institutes of health for fiscal year 2014, and or other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 370, the joint resolution is considered read. it shall be debatable for 30 minutes, equally divided and controlled by the ranking minority -- by the chair and ranking minority leader. mr. kingston and ms. delauro will each control 15 minutes.
the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. kingston: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.j.res. 73 and that i may include tab lar material on the -- tabular material on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. kingston: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. >> thank you. i would ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. barton: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of this resolution. i'm the chairman emeritus of the energy and commerce committee. back in 2006, passed the re-authorization of the n.i.h. which authorized increased funding, set up some new programs, reformed the agency, and was viewed at that time as a landmark for the n.i.h. the bill before us today would fund the functions of the n.i.h.
for the next fiscal year. we all agree with the programs that n.i.h. is engaged in, trying to find curious for cancer, alzheimer's, heart disease, lung disease, autism, you name it. unfortunately yesterday apparently the majority leader in the senate doesn't agree with that. he was asked by a cnn reporter named dana bash about supporting this particular bill and the senator gave a somewhat negative answer. so the reporter came back and i quote directly, but if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn't you do it? and the answer from the majority leader was, why would we want to do that? i have 1,100 people at an air force base that are sitting at home, they have a few problems of their own. this is to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you're irresponsible and wreckless.
and the reporter responded, i'm just asking a question. mr. speaker, we should pass this resolution notwithstanding what the majority leader in the other body says. it's very straightforward. i think in any normal situation there would be bipartisan support for this. ms. delauro and mr. kingston have worked very hard on a bipartisan by asition -- basis. i'm not aware there are any real concerns about the funding that haven't been worked out in the committee. this is an example of bipartisanship that is working. there's absolutely no reason we can't put our differences aside and pass this resolution. i ask that we support it at the appropriate time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. delauro: i rise in opposition to this cynical and quite frankly offensive n.i.h. funding bill. instead of simply allowing a vote on the budget for the full government, the majority is continuing i their hostage cries i -- continuing their hostage
crisis approach to governing. let us call nor what it is. it's a desperate attempt by irresponsible lawmakers to play political games with a cray sis they have created. a crisis that is costing the american economy $300 million a day. the number will go up as the shutdown continues. i am an ovarian cancer survivor. i stand here today because of the grace of god and because of the hard work done by the men and women at the n.i.h. so i know firsthand the value and the importance of medical research. and i have been fighting for months, for years, even to get this majority to support the life-saving medical research at the national institutes of health. . if you factor in population growth and inflation, n.i. shmplet 14% below what it was in 2010 when the majority took over they will number of research grants is lower than it has been since 2001 this
diminishes the n.i.h.'s ability to fund research, conduct clinical trials and develop new life-saving treatments. this majority has long refused to bring a labor, health, and education funding bill up for consideration though i have asked over and over and over again for them to bring it up. the budget they drafted a few months ago made deep and dangerous cuts to the n.i.h. and the bill before us seeks to make permanent the unacceptable funding cuts caused by sequestration, cuts that are stalling lifesaving buy y medical research across this country. the majority talks out of both sides of their mouths. i find this new attention to n.i.h. funding disingenuous. mr. speaker, while medical research is vitally important, it is also one of the many vitally important things our government does. we also help to feed women and children living on the edge and nine million have been cut off from nutrition support. we also keep track of the
spread of infectious diseases and the centers for disease control has been forced to halt those activities. we help students pay for college, protect the nation's food supply, provide meals to low-income seniors, help support food banks for the hungry. we provide job training for the unemployed and returning veterans. we ensure access to mental health service for those who need them, we educate the disadvantage and the disabled. we ensure the nation has clean water to drink an clean air to breathe. we help small businesses start and grow. we help middle class home buyers secure funds. where is the funding for all of these other important activities? the american people are sick of this reckless behavior. it is time to act like responsible adult -- responsible adults instead of letting the extreme wing of the majority shut down the government, instead of wasting time trying to play politics, instead of cherry picking important programs like the
n.i.h., we should be working on a -- on a budget for the entire government. one that does right by all of our fundamental priority creerks ates jobs, supports middle class and working families and ensures long-term growth that is what we were elected to do. that is our job. let's stop playing games and get to work and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i recognize the gentleman -- >> i recognize the gentleman from arkansas for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. >> i rise in support of the resolution because it allows the nmple i.h. to continue to operate at f.y. 2013 funding levels until mid december. it mors the clean c.r. that our friend across the aisle and senate democrats said they'll support. mr. womack: it should be supported by all members of congress.
invest nch h.'s goal to in restorgee lead to depuresds like pancreatic cancer. it supports 35,000 research grants at over 3,000 institutes and universities across our country in my home state of arkansas, mr. speaker, the university of arkansas for medical sciences is one such institute, and just this morning, uams cancer institute announced a new collaboration with high lappeds oncology. it will undoubtedly bring opportunity arkansas, our research and our cancer patients asms many of my colleagues know, 2/3 of n.i.h.'s staff has been furloughed due to the lapse in appropriations. nmple i.h. has been forced to shut down the pipeline for finding future lifesaving cures and has shut off all systems that support grant review, leaving our researchers with many uncertainties. that's where this resolution comes in.
federal funding is esen torble sustaining the mission of improving health for scientific breakthroughs and maintaining international leadership in biomedical research which is why we must allow the n.i.h. to stay open while we can't to work toward regular order and through funding the rest of our federal government. i urge my colleagues to support this critical legislation, legislation on which our scientists, our doctors, our future depends. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas yields back. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: i yield one and a half minutes to mr. miller of california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for a minute and a half. without objection. mr. miller: mr. speaker, the house floor is starting to feel like a new episode of "the hunger games," every day the republican leadership tries to find a new way to pit one
desperate group of americans against another. today republicans are pitting kids with cancer against kids who are hungry because of the shuttown this bill is designed to release funds to the n.i.h. today so they can reduce funding for kids, programs that keep children with the nutrition they need. far little longer they can go hungry while we take care of the kids with cancer. i don't buy their new concern about n.i.h. funding and the american people aren't buying it either. what did they think would happen when they shut down the n.i.h.? did they have any working knowledge of what takes place at the n.i. snmplet the gentleman from arkansas related the integral nature of n. inch thomplet universities across this country, yet they thought it was free to shut down the n.i.h.? now they discovered that hundreds of children receive treatment at n.i.h., they think that should be kept open but
head start should be shut down. some 85,000 kids in arkansas who go without nutritional assistance because of the shutdown what about those? will you come and rescue them? will you rescue the head start children who are losing the opportunity to go to school? what about the active service members who are now facing four-day school weeks in their classrooms, the elimination of summer program because of the shutdown. when will you take care of mill tear services children? what is this, every day we pick a victim of this shutdown against another helpless victim of this shutdown and they think this -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expire. the gentleman is no longer recognized. the gentleman -- the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: i yield the gentleman 30 seconds. mr. miller: this government provides to millions of people across the country, to
businesses, to millions of people who have nowhere else to go to get help because of the threats to their lives. i thank the gentlewoman from bringing this opposition to this resolution to the floor. i hope all members of congress and just do what you can do in the next couple of hours, simply have a clean c.r. to open up the government and let the people get the services they need and let the public service -- servants who provide those services go back to work. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman tees i'm -- the wrelt's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia. >> i yield two minutes to the gentleman from michigan, the distinguished chairman of the energy and commerce committee. the speaker pro tempore: two minutes to the gentleman from michigan. mr. woodall: the failure of not having a c.r. is that both sides have failed to negotiate an agreement to keep the government open. let's hope that the 5:30 meeting this afternoon between speaker boehner, leaders pelosi, mcconnel, and reid, and
the president is not a finger pointing meeting. it's in the a my way or the highway meeting but a constructive way to get a bill most of us can support. mr. upton: where that -- whether that comes tonight or tomorrow or next week or the following week, at some point the sun will come up. it's going to happen. in the meantime, we shouldn't harm the folks in dire need. i support, strongly support the n.i.h. i look at mr. waxman mitigating circumstance colleague, ranking member on the energy and commerce committee, the two of us led the effort to double the money for the n.i.h. a number of years ago. we have folks waiting in the queue to participate in life-saving clinical trials. they have every right to be furious with this body. but we can fix that by passing this bill so that they don't have to wait. come on. let's put policy over politics and do this. not for us, but for them.
and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: i yield one and a halfmens to the gentleman from california, mr. waxman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one and a half minutes. mr. waxman: let's put policy over politics by funding the government. what this reckless closing of the government has accomplished is to stall a lot of government agencies from doing their mission. and one of the most important agencies that has a mission that is irreplace sble the n.i.h. but if you look at the underlying bill, the republican bill to fund the government which we're willing to accept, puts n.i.h. at a really low amount for appropriations. so it's thoord take this claim they want to help n.i.h. seriously. the republican agenda is
reflected in their budget. republicans proposed a 20% cut to health, education, and labor programs and that's a $5 billion loss for n.i.h. what does that mean? it means that n.i.h. clinical center has to turn away hundreds of patients, many of them children, who desperately need care. well, this is singling out n.i.h. but what about the other important work that's done to prevent and cure diseases? what about the efforts for the centers for disease control and prevention? they are not going to be re-opened by this legislation. and they detect and respond to disease outbreaks. the food and drug administration. they're not going to get any money by virtue of this special singling out bill. they won't be able to do their routine inspections of food and drugs to protect the public from abuses. if the republicans were truly interested in n.i.h., they would remove the sequester and
restore funding for the n.i.h. and other critical programs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from georgia. >> let me say to my distinguished friend from florida, i would like to move the c.d.c. and i would ask him to co-sponsor that legislation. mr. kingston: i think it's very important. mr. waxman: would the gentleman yield to me? mr. kingston: yes. mr. waxman: let's fund all the government efforts, including the c.d.c. and n.i.h., not single one out. mr. kingston: i'll say this to my friend. a long journey begins with small steps. if we could take a few small .teps mr. waxman: fuppeding the government is one step we could
take. mr. kingston: i yield one minute to the distinguished gentlewoman, former nurse from north carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for ne minute from north carolina. mrs. ellmers: i thank the gentleman. i rise in support of the research for lifesaving cures act and i am funding of the n.i.h. and -- to help bring life-saving cures to sick americans. the situation here in washington today should not be standing in the way of this important life-saving work. there is no defensible argument against this legislation. n.i.h. has been in the forefront of biomedical discoveries that have revolutionized the field of medicine. these discoveries have laid the foundation for treatments and cures for many diseases, including cancer. and improving the lives of countless americans. the government shutdown is preventing new patients from entering clinical trials. for those patients, it's a
matter of life and is death. it is not a matter of politics. about 200 people register at the n.i.h. every week. about 30 of those are children. 10 of which have cancer. we must ensure that medical care is not suspended for these patients, especially those children. they are faced with difficulty. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mr. kingston: how much time do we have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia has 7 3/4, the gentleman from texas has eight. mrs. ellmers: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: there is no defense against keeping this government closed. if the majority was serious about funding the n.i.h. in their 2014 appropriations bill they would have provided it with adequate funds. with that, i yield one and a half minutes to my friend the gentlelady from new york and the ranking member of the appropriations committee,
ms.low wie. -- ms. lowey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. lowey: i rise in strong opposition to the reckless republican shutdown. there's no strong supporter -- stronger supporter of the national institutes of health, members on both sides of the aisle have long supported the crown jewel of the government. but we didn't have an opportunity to vote on the bill funding this year because republicans didn't have the courage of their convictions to stand behind the 22% cut. funding one budget item at a time, even one as important as the n.i.h., does nothing to help children get immunizations, conduct disease surveillance, provide meals to seniors and poor children who depend on assistance for survival. or continue food inspections to protect the food supply. this bill is nothing more than a republican ploy. it would not be necessary if republicans had not been so irresponsible throughout the
budgetary process, forcing us into a shutdown. we could end the shutdown today if the majority would only allow a vote on the senate-passed bill which includes the funding levels republicans support and would be signed by the president. if you really care about biomedical research and public health, you should vote no on this bill and demand that the republican leadership allow the house to vote on the senate bill immediately and end the reckless republican shutdown. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. kingston: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to dr. tim murphy, a distinguished psychiatrist, psychologist, lieutenant commander in the navy, and the chairman of the oversight and investigations committee of the energy and commerce committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. murphy: thank you, friends and colleagues and fellow
americans. please listen. i'm not here to defend this government shutdown and long after we are gone, people are going to remember the rancor of this house, not the good we've done. i don't defend the decision to shut down the national institute of health. it's too valuable. it funds life-saving research and has a hospital that cares for 200 adults and children waiting for experimental treatments to save their lives. when asked about shutting down the n.i.h., even if it saves one child with cancer, senator reid said, why would i want to do that? instead he has people on an air force base with problems of their own. i don't think the senator is heartless. rather i believe he's an honorable man and it pains him to know the n.i.h. is closed. just because reasonable people cannot sit down and talk. and i believe the president is an honorable man who also doesn't want the n.i.h. closed be, even though with a stroke of his pen he could declare it open. but here is he immersed in a battle because some people refuse to sit down and talk. and i believe our colleagues are honorable, mr. speaker. nobody wants anybody with terminal illness hurt. let's not make the n.i.h. a political battlefield.
while some people refuse to sit down and talk, let's do the honorable thing and keep alive the hopes of those who wait for a cure. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: nobody cares much about the nine million women and children who are going to be cut off from through trigs programs or the spread of infectious diseases or people who need to pay for college. with that what i'd like to do is yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from maryland, the ranking member of the budget committee, mr. van hollen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. i have the great privilege of representing the congressional district that is home to the national treasure that we call the national institutes of health. where you have scientists doing critically important work. looking for treatments and cures to diseases that playing every american. these are -- plague every american. these are scientists, they're not republican scientists, they're not democratic scientists, they're scientists. they're very smart people. and i've heard from some of them
and they say, they are not fooled by this cynical ploy on the house today. because they know that the fastest way to open up the national institutes of health would be to take up the clean senate-passed bill and send it to the president tonight. that's how you help the national institutes of health. and they also have kids in schools. so they'd also like to keep open the department of education and help the department of veterans affairs. and they know that the way to do that is not to cherre-pick little pieces of government and leave the rest of it to die on the vine. but to pass the c.r., the clean c.r., and keep n.i.h. open, the department of veterans affairs the all the parks open, defense department open. to keep the government open.
why hasn't that happened? the speaker of the house refuses to hold a vote in this people's house. what's he afraid of? the democracy? what's he afraid of, we're going to vote to open the government, because that's exactly what would happen fufment want to help n.i.h., vote for the clean c.r., get it done tonight. quit the game playing. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. kingston: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from mississippi, mr. harper. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi is recognized for one minute. mr. harper: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the research for life-saving cures proposal. this vote is about helping some of our country's most vulnerable patients. seniors hoping for cures to long-time illnesses, precious children and their families looking for answers about genetic disorders, and the scientists who are proving -- who are moving ever-so close to discovering america's next
medical breakthroughs find themselves asking if they'll be able to continue their life's work. the national institutes of health provide support to promising research, leading to life-saving treatments. innovative clinical trialing aiming to reverse the core symptoms of disorders, such as fragile leg syndrome, autism, spinal musculars a roify, down syndrome, and cystic fibrosis, to name a few. these give families hope, the research that is there. but this is just the beginning. these studies help our nation's most dedicated scientists build promising discoveries. to continue these trials, congress must allow the n.i.h. to stay open while we work on getting the government back up and running. this isn't about scoring political points. it's about principles and as the father of a special needs child, i know the challenges that these families face. vote yes. vote for fairness. and i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: once again, if the majority had been interested in the n.i.h., it would have moved to introduce its appropriations bill with an increase in funding for the n.i.h., which it didn't. with that, let me just yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from michigan, the distinguished ways and means committee ranking member, mr. levin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute and a half. mr. levin: i've listened to the debate. nobody on the republican side has answered this question. why not a vote on a clean c.r.? why not? it would pass. that's why you're not bringing it up. it's politics within your conference. but it's harming the people of this country. piece by piece it's hiding the reality. let me point to a bit of it.
2013 figures compared to 2012 for n.i.h., approximately 700 fewer competitive research project grants issued. approximately 750 fewer new patients admitted to the n.i.h. clinical center. cuts to research delaying progress in development of better cancer drugs that zero in on a tumor with fewer side effects. i'm reading from an n.i.h. document. research on a universal flu vaccine that could fight every strain of influenza without needing a yearly shot. come forth and tell us why not a vote on a clean c.r.? don't give us all the other stories. come someone and say, why not? why not a clean vote? it would pass. we can do it. a long journey in one step.
right now. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from connecticut reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. kingston: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the chairman of the republican study committee, the gentleman from louisiana, mr. scalise. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized for one minute. mr. scalise: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank the gentleman from georgia for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of this bill that funds the n.i.h., and makes sure that cancer patients are able to get the treatments that they need. and that that vital research continues to move forward. clearly we've got some disagreements between the house and senate on other areas of government funding. but shouldn't we at least be able to come together on this area where we all have agreement and make sure we take care of those cancer patients so they're not held hostage to these other negotiations? and in fact we should be able to get that. but, mr. speaker, senator reid, the senate majority leader was earlier asked, if you could help one child who has cancer, why wouldn't do you it? and senate majority leader reid's response was, why would
we want to do that? it would be disgraceful, mr. speaker, for senator reid to deny cancer patients the treatment and the research that they deserve just because he wants to score some kind of political point. mr. speaker, it's not too late for senate majority leader reid to have a change of heart. stop holding people hostage. we can come to agreement as republican and democrat, let's do that and then deal with the other areas of disagreement. but let's at least take care of our cancer patients. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the senate or individual members of the senate. the gentleman from georgia reserves. mr. kingston: how much time is left, mr. speaker? ms. delauro: on both sides. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia has 4 3/4. the gentlelady from connecticut has 3 1/2. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. cohen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mr. cohen: thank you, madam chairman. mr. speaker, i -- thank you, ma'am.
mr. speaker, i take umbrage at this whole process. in september of 1954 i came down with polio which effects me to this day. and the vaccine which was helped develop by the national institute of health didn't become available until about six months later. i've asked mr. kingston, i've asked people in this house for six months, i've spoken on this floor, i've written editorials to fund the national institutes of health, to find cures for cancer and heart disease and stroke and diabetes and parkinson's and they can do it and it's cut by the sequester by $1.6 billion. and not once have the republicans said we'll fund it and we'll find cures to disease, we'll use this department of our defense for our human beings and fund it at the level it should be so that other people like me won't get a disease six months earlier than the cure was available. they haven't come forth once. these are crocodile tears, this is politics, it's not trying to cure people. it's not trying to create -- stop illness and create cures. and i really object to this being used politically.
i have spoken six months ago to put the money back and find cures and i got nowhere. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from georgia. the gentleman from georgia. mr. kingston: mr. speaker, i want to say that my good friend from tennessee, if you take out the tap funding, which is what the obama cair -- what the obama administration charges the n.i.h. to conduct business, this is level funding. and with that i yield one minute to mr. the gentleman from pennsylvania. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. rothfus: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support on the research for life-saving cures act. to take a minute, you wonder why we're here right now. it's because the n.i.h. has been closed and why is it closed? we passed a bill just the other night to keep the n.i.h. open and the whole government open
but we wanted to stop the special treatment that members of congress were getting. as a cancer survivor and somebody who has benefited from work by doctors who have worked at the national cancer institute at n.i.h., it's important that we continue to fund n.i.h. and i rise in strong support of this legislation. it's time to end senator reid's government shutdown, which threatens not only research at the n.i.h. but across -- work across the government. it's very simple to do it. just stop the special treatment for members of congress and stop the special treatment for the friends of thed a strailings. i thank -- of the administration. i thank the speaker and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia reserves. mr. kingston: i yield one minute and 15 seconds to the gentlewoman from tennessee, mrs. black, a nurse. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mrs. black: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, as a registered nurse for over 40 years, i am privileged to speak on the importance of funding n.i.h. and
the research that is done at this institution has been invaluable to our health care system and fought toture of our medical industry. but most importantly it is important to the people's lives. but i think it's important to remember exactly how we got here today. to the point where we're voting on this important measure on its own measures. my house republican colleagues and i have said from the beginning that the american people didn't want a government shutdown. and they also didn't want obamacare. and so we sent three different measures over to the senate and on all of these occasions, the senate -- three different measures to the senate that would keep the n.i.h. and the rest of the government open. but also to help shield the people from the harmful effects of obamacare, this disastrous law, and also to create fairness for everyone. but it was blocked bihari reid effectively shutting down the -- by harry reid effectively
shutting down the government. what we need is democrat-led government shutdown to stop and for senator reid to drop his tactics and to restore these programs. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: i quickly say to my colleague from georgia, and i know he knows this, that congress instructs the secretary on how it should be used. with that let me yield one minute to the gentleman from minnesota, mr. ellison. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized for one minute. mr. ellison: you know, mr. speaker, it reminds me of the case where someone stole another person's coat and then came back and offered very pie ousley to help them -- piously to help them find it all the while knowing it was stashed away. we're here for one reason and one reason only and that is the republicans object to the affordable cac